New Zealand ordered 120 square metres of human skin from the US to treat the burns of victims of its deadly volcano eruption
- New Zealand ordered 120 square meters of skin to treat volcano victims who are being treated for severe burns, which in some cases are life-threatening.
- Six people have died, eight more are missing and presumed dead, and 30 more are being treated in six hospitals around New Zealand. 25 of the 30 are in critical condition.
- Dr Peter Watson, clinical director at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland said Wednesday that some patients have burns on 95% of their bodies, while 22 have damaged airways from inhaling volcano fumes.
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Doctors in New Zealand have ordered 120 square meters of human skin from the US to treat the severe burns of victims from the White Island volcano eruption.
30 people remains in the hospital after the volcano erupted with 47 people on the island. Medical authorities in new Zealand say that 25 of them are in a critical condition.
Many of the patients have severe burns to much of their bodies, prompted the emergency shipment of skin to be used in for skin graft operations.
Dr Peter Watson, clinical director at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland told reporters at a press conference Wednesday that the disaster produced an "unprecedented number" of burn victims for the New Zealand medical system, according to Sky News.
Watson said 120 square meters of skin will be arriving from the US as the patients "urgently need skin grafts," according to Sky News.
The average human has around 2 square meters of skin. However, burn patients often need repeated operations, explaining the large quantity that has been ordered.
He said a number of patients are reported to have burns on 95% of their bodies and 22 are on airway support as a result of injuries affecting their lungs.
10 patients are also expected to be transferred to hospitals in Australia in the next 24 hours and are awaiting approval for travel, according to Reuters.
Rescue teams are still unable to enter the island out of concern that the volcano could erupt again.
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