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2018 QDEW Provides Education and Connection to Purpose

From April 30-May 2, nearly 300 tissue banking professionals gathered in Baltimore, MD to learn about and discuss issues and considerations surrounding quality and donor eligibility. The AATB Quality & Donor Eligibility Workshop is an annual meeting where a segment of the tissue banking community can come together to network and connect, while also learning and sharing new ideas and best practices. Attendees consist of a diverse mix of industry professionals, including both those new to tissue banking, and tissue banking veterans.

This year’s program covered a range of topics including Lean processes, sepsis, legal scenarios for authorization, validation guidance, and more, as well as two interactive sessions and breakout roundtable discussion sessions with the conference speakers.

98.7% of surveyed attendees reported that the meeting objectives were met, and the majority said that they plan to make changes in their work as a result of the information provided at the meeting.

Changes such as implementing Lean processes and principles and making changes to sepsis screening procedures were some of the commonly mentioned improvements attendees planned to make moving forward.

In addition to the educational programming, attendees were also able to reconnect with the core mission of our work by listening to the experiences of a donor father and two tissue recipients. For many attendees, these reminders of the personal, emotional stories that ground the work of tissue banking professionals were one of the greatest takeaways from the meeting.

"Though I am often in tears, [the donor family and recipient stories] are a needed reminder of why tissue donation is so important."
-Meeting Attendee

Donor father, Ken Ivey, speaks about his daughter Erin at the 2018 QDEW.

We couldn't do the work we do without the selfless donors and their families. Similarly, these gifts are made even more meaningful because of the lives that are saved and improved as a result of these gifts. The experiences that donor families and tissue recipients share are a wonderful reminder of why we are committed to ensuring the safety and quality of donated human tissue, and why AATB is committed to providing educational opportunities like the Quality & Donor Eligibility Workshop to help advance this mission.

If you are interested in attending the next in-person AATB meeting, please mark your calendar for the 2018 AATB Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas from October 9-12. Registration for the meeting will be opening soon.

Also, if there is a topic that you'd like to see addressed at the Annual Meeting, let us know! You can submit your ideas for sessions and speakers here.

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