This presentation will highlight common challenges and solutions surrounding authorization and surgical preparation. We will review several unique cases in determining eligibility, and summarize the surgical preparation and tissue recovery process with additional focus on special requests and specialty graft recovery.
- Define core elements of authorization.
- Summarize potential solutions on challenging case screenings.
- Outline basic surgical preparation and recovery practices.
- Review best practices in the recovery of special grafts recoveries.
Eligibility, Recovery & Challenges
Speakers: Beverly Bliss, BS, MBA, CTBS, Dr. Ed Ferreol, and Darrel Lewis
Day: August 15, 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.
Dr. Ferreol completed his anatomic and clinical pathology training at Wright State University in Dayton, OH and Neuropathology fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. He was a blood banker in Central Indiana and was responsible for collecting 120,000 units of blood with 200 employees. He helped start a tissue bank, which was the 16th certified by the AATB. He became certified as a Tissue Bank Specialist in 1991, and his certification remains current today. He has worked with LifeNet Health for 24 yrs., where his main role is providing technical recovery training and education for LifeNet Health tissue recovery partners.
Darrel joined Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) in 2001 as an Education Director. In this capacity, Darrel has worked with a number of tissue banks and organ procurement organizations throughout the United States providing tissue recovery, screening and regulatory education. Darrel has developed a number of education and training materials including the production, direction and editing of two tissue recovery training videos. In addition to these duties, Darrel has been involved in many specialized tissue recovery development assignments and research projects for major universities. He has maintained his CTBS since 1992 and has been an AATB member since 1993. Prior to joining MTF, Darrel was Assistant Manager of Tissue and Eye Procurement at Midwest Transplant Network in Westwood, Kansas. Darrel received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Webster University in 1998 and an MBA from Avila University in 2005.