Definition : Dermatomes designed to harvest large, uniform-thickness skin grafts using manual (mechanical) procedures. These dermatomes are manually operated, handheld frames with an attached cutting blade or, more frequently, a drum with an oscillating blade that is manually operated as the drum rolls over the skin. Several models of manual dermatomes are available, including Reese and Padgett-Hood drum dermatomes. Manual dermatomes are used mainly to obtain skin grafts from donor sites, but they are sometimes used in other procedures (e.g., to remove tattoos).
Entry Terms : "Mechanical Dermatomes" , "Manual Dermatomes"
UMDC code : 22122