Full Thickness Skin Banking

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Event Dates: 
February 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Presentation 2

Presentation Summary:

In this presentation we will review eligibility, recovery challenges, processing and distribution challenges and clinical applications of full thickness skin or dermal grafts.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand basic best practices in determining eligibility and completing recovery.
  2. Identify critical challenges in recovery, processing and distribution.
  3. 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

Beverly Bliss

Beverly Bliss joined RTI in February 2005, following a 25-year career with the American Red Cross Biomedical Tissue Division. As Vice President of RTI Donor Services, she is responsible for the operational activities of donation authorization, recovery, after care and contractual relationships with organ and tissue recovery agencies throughout the United States. Bliss holds Bachelor degrees in biology and health facilities management, and a Masters of Business Administration. Bliss is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist and has served on multiple industry specific boards, including AATB Board of Governors, Donate Life, and as Chair of the Gift of LifeTrust Fund of South Carolina, for which she was a founding member. Bliss has been part of the U.S. organ and tissue donation community since 1988.

Walter Recker

Walter Recker

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

Louis Jares

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.

Katrina Arevalo-Chauca

Katrina Arevalo-Chauca

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Amber McAfee

Amber McAfee

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.