The final program in the series will focus on receipt, storage, processing and shipment of donated cardiac and vascular allograft tissues.
- Summarize the two cardiac and vascular tissue processing methods.
- Define storage and quarantine practices.
- Outline processing dissection methods including whole heart to heart valves dissections.
- Summarize post-processing shipment methods and challenges.
Processing, Storage and Shipping
Speakers: Logan Shaffer, CTBS and Matt Sullivan, CTBS
Day: September 26, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
Logan Shaffer is a trainer in the tissue processing lab at CryoLife. She instructs the dissection team on the proper techniques for dissection of cardiovascular tissue. Logan started her career at CryoLife in 2011 as a dissector. In addition to her responsibilities in the lab, Logan attends workshops to educate CryoLife’s recovery partners on the cardiovascular tissue dissection process. Logan obtained CTBS certification in 2017 and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Since 2015 Matt Sullivan has served as the Production Manager for Cardiovascular Services at LifeNet Health. He joined LifeNet Health in 1997 as a Musculoskeletal Technician and joined the Cardiovascular Program in 1999. During his time with the Cardiovascular Program Matt has served in multiple roles with a more recent focus on CV tissue processing and assessment training. In 2014 Matt received the Bill Anderson Innovation and Excellence Award for his work creating a comprehensive heart valve assessment document utilized by all LifeNet Health CV processing locations to standardize heart valve assessment. Matt has served as the presenter in multiple programs focused on the nuances of CV tissue processing and assessment.
Matt graduated from Longwood University with a BS in Education and has been certified as a Tissue Bank Specialist since 1998.