In this presentation we will review eligibility, recovery challenges, processing and distribution challenges and clinical applications of split of partial thickness skin grafts.
- Understand basic best practices in determining eligibility and completing recovery.
- Identify critical challenges in recovery, processing and distribution.
- Identify frequent clinical applications.
Split & Partial Thickness Skin Banking
Speakers: Dr. Ralph Powers, BS, DDS, CTBS, Beverly Bliss, BS, MBA, CTBS, Walter Recker, BS, CST, CTBS, Louis Jares, and Glenn Greenleaf, CTBS
Day: February 28, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
Ralph Powers has been a CTBS since 1995. He is Senior Manager of Scientific Affairs at LifeNet Health. He has been a past chair of the Education Committee and is a member of the American Board of Tissue Banking. Ralph received his BS in Medical Technology from Old Dominion University and his DDS from Medical College of Virginia.
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.
Walter began working with LifeCell in 2003. He currently holds the position of Regional Field Manger. In this capacity, Walter works with a number of tissue banks and organ procurement organizations throughout the Central United States, and is responsible for the coordination of tissue procurement and on-site training, as well as technical and material support. Walter is a Certified Surgical Technologist, Certified Tissue Banking Specialist and active member of the American Association of Tissue Banks.
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.
Glenn has served as LifeCell’s Director of Tissue Services since 1994. He is responsible for establishing, developing and maintaining tissue procurement sources for LifeCell. Prior to joining LifeCell, Glenn was the Director of the Regional Tissue Bank at the University of California, San Diego (USCD), and served on the staff of the UCSD Regional Burn Center. Receiving his CTBS in 1989, Glenn has been actively involved with the AATB since 1986. He has served as a member of the AATB Board of Governors and on various committees.