The nurse's role in melanocyte-keratinocyte transplantation procedure

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J Dermatol Nurses Assoc


BACKGROUND: Vitiligo is a long-term and noncontagious skin condition that causes the skin to lose its normal color. Vitiligo can affect a person's daily life with a negative body image and depression. Over the last 6 years, I have been working with patients with vitiligo and assisting with melanocyte-keratinocyte transplantation procedure (MKTP). I have also participated in the evolution of the nurse's role in MKTP over the last 6 years PURPOSE: The objective is to explain the importance of the nurse's role in MKTP and the impact on patient care. METHOD: The nurse's role in MKTP starts at the beginning of patient interest to months after the procedure has been completed. • Prescreen for candidacy and education, patient consult, and patient email • Room and laser setup, safety details • Preoperative:medications, patient history, vitals,weight, photos, shave donor and recipient sites • Anesthetize donor site • Monitoring patient during procedure • Patient cell separation completed by Registered Nurse • Application of cell suspension and application of specialized dressings • Postoperative: vitals, postoperative instructions • Patient follow-up for continuity of care IMPLICATIONS: After a review of the poster, the reader will be able to identify the steps in the nurse's role for MKTP, the details of cell separation, properMKTP dressing application, and the importance of continued education and follow-up care post MKTP.





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