In this presentation we will review eligibility, recovery challenges, processing and distribution challenges and clinical applications of full thickness skin or dermal grafts.
- Understand basic best practices in determining eligibility and completing recovery.
- Identify critical challenges in recovery, processing and distribution.
- Identify frequent clinical applications.
Full Thickness Skin Banking
Speakers: Beverly Bliss, BS, MBA, CTBS, Walter Recker, BS, CST, CTBS, Louis Jares, Katrina Arevalo-Chauca, and Amber McAfee, BS, MBA
Day: February 21, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
Beverly Bliss, BS, MBA, CTBS is the Vice President of Accreditation & Standards at AATB overseeing the Accreditation and Standards functions for the association. Beverly participates in the Tissue Processing Group, serves as the primary liaison for the Processing and Distribution Council and leads key projects for regulatory and quality improvements as directed by external requirements and member inputs. Prior to joining AATB this past October, she had a 25-year career with the American Red Cross Biomedical Tissue Division overseeing the operations for the national tissue recovery, processing and distribution program. She served 12 years as Vice President of RTI Donor Services responsible for the operational activities of the donor program, from screening through release, working together with organ and tissue recovery agencies throughout the United States. She has also worked in research laboratories focused on identifying methodologies to extract DNA from human tissues and utilize that information to support medico-legal processes in forensics and family identifications. She is a founding member and Chair of Gift of Life Trust Fund SC that established charitable support for patients awaiting organ transplants and provided free educational platforms for state agencies and medical/nursing schools in the state. She has been an active member of the donation and transplantation community since 1988.
Walter began working with LifeCell in 2003. He currently holds the position of Regional Field Manger. In this capacity, Walter works with a number of tissue banks and organ procurement organizations throughout the Central United States, and is responsible for the coordination of tissue procurement and on-site training, as well as technical and material support. Walter is a Certified Surgical Technologist, Certified Tissue Banking Specialist and active member of the American Association of Tissue Banks.
Louis Jares is an Education Director with the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) since 2002 and has worked in tissue banking for over 22 years. He began his work in the field of donation at the Mile High Transplant Bank in Denver, and has since also worked for Donor Alliance and The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank. Louis has a Bachelor of Science in biology and is also a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (1998), a Certified Eye Bank Technician (2003), a Registered Diplomate with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (2006), and an affiliate member of the National Association of Medical Examiners (2009). Louis was a co-founder of the MTF Medical Examiner and Coroner Advisory Committee in 2006 through its cessation in late 2017. He is also a member of the NAME Ad Hoc Organ and Tissue Committee since 2015. Louis' personal interests in research and Forensic Anthropology came together with a recently published journal article entitled “Transplanted Allograft Bone in Forensic Anthropology,” published in the Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging in March 2017. He is currently the Chair of the AATB Education Committee and Vice Chair of the AATB RADS (Recovery & Donor Suitability Council). Louis hails from Denver, Colorado but currently resides in South Texas, between San Antonio and Austin.
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Amber McAfee is the Director of Sales, Tissue Banks and Life Sciences for Exsurco Medical. Previously she served a non-profit organization as the Executive Director for the International Society for Organ Preservation and was the Director of Organ Preservation Services at Lifebanc in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. McAfee earned a Masters of Science in business administration, with a specialization in healthcare administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2010. Her Bachelor of Science is from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA, which she earned in 2008. She began her surgical career by serving in the US Army for 8 years as an Operating Room Specialist/Combat Medic and then a Surgical Technician/First Assistant In 2011, Ms. McAfee served as Lead Surgical Assistant/Volunteer on a medical mission trip focused on surgical burn and wound procedures in Tamale, Ghana.