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Registration number
Ethics application status
Submitted, not yet approved
Date submitted
Date registered
Date last updated
Date data sharing statement initially provided
Type of registration
Prospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
Management of paediatric donor sites of split-thickness skin grafts with Suprathel: a randomised control trial
Scientific title
Management of paediatric donor sites of split-thickness skin grafts with Suprathel: a randomised control trial
Secondary ID [1] 299892 0
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
Linked study record

Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Donor site wounds from split thickness skin grafts 315313 0
Condition category
Condition code
Surgery 313615 313615 0 0
Other surgery
Skin 314287 314287 0 0
Other skin conditions

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Two dressings used on donor site wounds in children will be compared in this randomised control trial: Suprathel (covered with Atruman + melolin + hypafix) and Jelonet (covered with melolin + hypafix).

1. Suprathel
- Composed of a synthetic copolymer of polylactide trimethylene carbonate and e-caprolactone and is considered a temporary artificial skin substitute
- Applied intra-operatively (by surgeon) after skin graft is taken, covered with Atruman + melolin + hypafix. Dressing gradually peels off when skin underneath is healed. Reviewed day 5 by nursing staff/occupational therapist, if not healed protective dressing layer re-applied (Atruman + melolin + hypafix). Re-inspected day 10. This is repeated every 5 days until healed.
- Monitored by nursing + parent sheet that contains: pain/distress score for dressing change

2. Jelonet
- Parrafin based guaze dressing
- Applied intra-operatively by surgeon, covered with melolin +hypafix
- Same principles as above, however, dressing is completely removed at each 5d review (by nursing staff) and re-applied if not healed
Intervention code [1] 316162 0
Treatment: Other
Comparator / control treatment
Suprathel dressing
Control group

Primary outcome [1] 322062 0
1. Ease of dressing change
Nursing staff, parents/caregivers +/- child (depending on age) will be asked to complete a short questionnaire to assess the ease of donor site wound dressing change
This questionnaire has been designed for this study and consists of a 1-10 score
Timepoint [1] 322062 0
Dressing change on day 5 and day 10
Primary outcome [2] 322674 0
The time taken for dressing change
- Dressing changes will be timed by nursing staff
Timepoint [2] 322674 0
Day 5 and 10
Secondary outcome [1] 377178 0
Timepoint [1] 377178 0
Pain - day one post operatively and pre and post dressing changes
- Using either face, legs, activity, crying and consolability score (FLACC) or revised faces pain scale score or 1-10 pain scale --> depending on age of child
Secondary outcome [2] 379264 0
Time to healing
Timepoint [2] 379264 0
Healed at day 5, day 10 or >10 days
Secondary outcome [3] 379265 0
Itch - day one post op, at first dressing change and at scar review 3 months
Timepoint [3] 379265 0
Day 1 post op, at first dressing change and at scar review at 3 months
Secondary outcome [4] 379266 0
Scar at 3, 6 and 9 months
Timepoint [4] 379266 0
POSAS scar score

Key inclusion criteria
All patients aged 16 years and younger requiring a clinically indicated split thickness skin graft at our hospital will be invited to participate. Eligibility will be determined by the child’s primary surgeon or an investigator.
Minimum age
0 Years
Maximum age
16 Years
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
Exclusion criteria will include non-english speaking parents or caregivers; children under the care of the Department of Child Safety and children with a cognitive impairment.

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Block randomisation will be used using the ‘Research randomizer’ (version 4.0) software. Patients will be divided up into 12 groups of 4 (6 groups of 4 per dressing). An assigned individual independent from the study will be the steward of randomisation.
Masking / blinding
Open (masking not used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?

Intervention assignment
Other design features
Not Applicable
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis
Descriptive statistics, tests of normality, mann-whitney u test to compare.

Recruitment status
Not yet recruiting
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
Recruitment hospital [1] 15569 0
The Townsville Hospital - Douglas
Recruitment postcode(s) [1] 28943 0
4814 - Douglas

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 304349 0
Name [1] 304349 0
The Townsville hospital
Address [1] 304349 0
100 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas, QLD, Australia
Country [1] 304349 0
Primary sponsor type
The Townsville hospital
100 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas, QLD, Australia
Secondary sponsor category [1] 305136 0
Name [1] 305136 0
Address [1] 305136 0
Country [1] 305136 0

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Submitted, not yet approved
Ethics committee name [1] 304800 0
Human Research Ethics COmmittee, Townsville Hospital and Health Service
Ethics committee address [1] 304800 0
100 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas, QLD, Australia, 4814
Ethics committee country [1] 304800 0
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 304800 0
Approval date [1] 304800 0
Ethics approval number [1] 304800 0

Brief summary
Split-thickness skin grafts are routinely used to manage burns that are unlikely to heal with dressings alone. The skin graft is taken from a donor site, for example the thigh, creating a donor site wound. Treatment of this donor site wound has an impact on the total recovery and rehabilitation of the patient. Multiple dressings have been investigated for the management of the donor site wounds, including biobrane, calcium alginate, acetate guaze and gauze mesh. However, despite previous research the optimum dressing for donor site wounds remains unclear.

Suprathel is an artificial substitute skin dressing that is commonly used on burns and graft site wounds. The paediatric surgeons at The Townsville Hospital have observed that Suprathel also has positive results when used on the donor site wound. Therefore, we propose to investigate the management of paediatric donor site wounds of split-thickness skin grafts with Suprathel in a randomised controlled study. We plan to compare the use of Suprathel with jelonet, a commonly used dressing on the donor site.

Participants: Children 16 years or under requiring a clinically indicated split thickness skin graft
Expected outcomes: Identifying whether Suprathel is superior to a commonly used dressing on paediatric donor sites.
Trial website
Trial related presentations / publications
Public notes

Principal investigator
Name 98250 0
Dr Helen Buschel
Address 98250 0
The Townsville Hospital, 100 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas, QLD, Australia, 4814
Country 98250 0
Phone 98250 0
Fax 98250 0
Email 98250 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 98251 0
Dr Helen Buschel
Address 98251 0
The Townsville Hospital, 100 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas, QLD, Australia, 4814
Country 98251 0
Phone 98251 0
Fax 98251 0
Email 98251 0
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 98252 0
Dr Helen Buschel
Address 98252 0
The Townsville Hospital, 100 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas, QLD, Australia, 4814
Country 98252 0
Phone 98252 0
Fax 98252 0
Email 98252 0

Data sharing statement
Will individual participant data (IPD) for this trial be available (including data dictionaries)?
No/undecided IPD sharing reason/comment
What supporting documents are/will be available?
No other documents available
Summary results
No Results