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Esperienze Dermatologiche 2011 June;13(2):85-90

language: English, Italian

Use of an artificial skin bandage as a training model for cutaneous surgery: our experience

Dondas A. 1, Ascari Raccagni A. 2,3

1 Clinica Dermatologica, Università degli Studi di Trieste, Trieste, Italia
2 Unità Operativa di Dermatologia, Ospedale “G.B.Morgagni – L. Pierantoni”, Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale di Forlì, Forlì Cesena, Italia
3 Clinica Dermatologica, Master in Chirurgia Dermatologia, Università degli Studi di Siena, Siena, Italia


As the incidence of skin tumors continues to rise, dermosurgery is becoming an increasingly important area of dermatology. To meet this growing challenge, theoretical training and acquisition of technical skills on artificial and biological skin models are needed. Recently, training on a self-adherent elastic bandage readily available in dermatology departments (COBAN™) has been proposed as a useful material for skin flap training and simulation of flap mechanics. In our experience, the use of non-biological models is a simple, inexpensive and effective means for teaching dermosurgical techniques to trainees.

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