Recovery and dissection of deep musculoskeletal and cardiovascular tissue has historically been done with the intent of maintaining the integrity of the remaining cardiovascular system, intact, for embalming purposes. Current dissection training across the United States may not include the “vessel sparing” techniques once employed as common practice. This presentation highlights surgical approaches that minimize cardiovascular trauma while maintaining an efficient recovery of tissue for transplantation.
- Identify the location of critical vessels used for embalming as they relate to tissues being recovered for transplant.
- Identify at least three techniques that allow a dissector to avoid damaging vessels around the shoulder, hip, thigh, and knee.
- Describe at least three ways to identify and “tag” vessels to be later identified by the embalmer chosen by the family to prepare their loved one.
Funeral Home Friendly Recovery & Reconstruction Techniques
Speakers: Louis Jares, MTF Biologics, Kenny Tigner, Lifeshare Oklahoma, and Richard Marrell, RLM Prosthetics
Day: March 21, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
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.
Kenny Tigner a Funeral Director and Embalmer, has worked in the funeral industry for over forty-two years. In that time he has embalmer over one thousand donors. He went to work for Lifeshare of Oklahoma a little over two years ago as the Funeral Home and Medical Examiner Liaison.
Kenny was the seating President of Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association when he went to work at Lifeshare. Over the past couple of years Kenny has worked with the funeral home directors on how to improve relations between both groups.
Richard Marrell is the President and Owner of RLM Tissue Bank Prosthetics in Valparaiso, Indiana. A veteran of the United States Navy, Richard established RLM Prosthetics in 2003 to creatively solve issues related to the implantation of PVC into anatomical donors. Since then, RLM Prosthetics has grown to serve numerous transplant organizations throughout the world. RLM Prosthetics designs, manufactures, and distributes universally acceptable donor restoration products so that every burial and cremation bound donor is efficiently restored in a respectful and aesthetically optimal manner. Richard also serves as Chairman of the Society of Innovators, a regional project that identifies, awards, and promotes innovation throughout Northwest Indiana. A proud father and husband, Richard hosts a podcast, Invent Alone, Innovate Together, and is an avid upland hunter with his dog Penny.