Before harvesting the STSG, it is important that all necessary instruments are made available. The air-powered dermatome allows the STSG to be harvested reliably with the ability to adjust the graft thickness and width. Typically, the width is determined by 1-inch increments as determined by a guard (1–4-inch guards are most commonly available). The depth of the harvest can be adjusted on the order of thousandths per inch. In addition, mineral oil, epinephrine, sponges, Adson tissue forceps, meshing device, wound vac and sponges, stapler, Adaptic, and Xeroform must be available.
J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2021;29(20):855-861. © 2021 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons