This presentation will step us through the A to Z of processing and distribution from the perspective of a tissue processor. The program will review the steps taken by a tissue processor upon the receipt of musculoskeletal tissue, how it is quarantined, stored, processed and distributed for clinical application.
- Define essential steps in the quarantine of pre-processed tissue.
- Outline basic principles in storage requirements.
- Summarize general processing methods.
- Summarize distribution and shipment requirements.
Tissue Processing A to Z
Speakers: Heather Germany and Darrel Lewis
Day: August 22, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
Heather began working with LifeNet Health in 2011, receiving her CTBS in 2012. Heather has been responsible for all aspects of tissue processing including Musculoskeletal Skeletal, Cardiovascular, Skin, Fresh and Osteoarticular grafts for the four LifeNet Health processing facilities. She is also responsible for decontamination/sterilization of equipment. Prior to joining LifeNet Health, Heather worked for 12 years in the Pharmaceuticals/Medical Device Industry.
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.