New Zealand has ordered 1,292 square-feet of human skin to treat survivors of Monday’s deadly volcanic eruption on White Island, local authorities said Wednesday.
The skin has been ordered from the U.S., while Australian skin and tissue banks will provide skin grafts and other supplies.
On Tuesday, medical officials said that 27 survivors had burns on at least 30% of their bodies. Every burns victim unit in the country is operating at full capacity, as reported by CNN.
Peter Watson of the District Health Boards, a division of the New Zealand’s Ministry of Health, said that the need for more skin to treat patient’s wounds is dire.
“We currently have (skin) supply, but are urgently sourcing additional supplies to meet the demand for dressing and temporary skin grafts,” said Watson.
“We anticipate that we will require an additional 1.2 million square centimeters (1,292 square feet) of skin for the ongoing needs of the patients,” he added.