Being a Tissue Donor is a noble decision.
The Blood & Tissue Center of Central Texas was founded in 1951 as a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. The Tissue Services division was established in 1986 due to the increasing demand for allograft tissue. The Tissue Center maintained a centrally located allograft inventory for area hospitals and surgery centers serving patient needs. Approximately 4,000 tissue grafts are distributed to area hospitals annually for life-saving surgeries. Our organization also works with generous donor families to make the gifts possible. The mission continues as the organization moves forward as United Tissue Resources. United Tissue Resources’ main facility is located in Austin, Texas.
Ensuring our customers a safe and quality tissue graft is the cornerstone of our organization. In order to ensure a safe product, we have established and adhere to best practice Standard Operating Procedures. In addition, we have maintained accreditation from the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) since 1987. Our organization complies with the guidelines and regulations set forth by AATB, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) including Good Tissue Practices (GTP), and several other state and local health regulatory agencies.
United Tissue Resources staff is dedicated to meeting the needs for allograft tissue for patients in need. Through this dedication, staff is committed to compliance and keeping updated on industry current guidelines and innovations. Many staff members are Certified Tissue Bank Specialists. CTBS certification requires experience in tissue banking and successful examination in all areas of tissue banking including donor and tissue suitability determination, tissue processing, decontamination techniques, quality practices and clinical application
of allograft tissue.
Donor Family Service Coordinators receive specialized training and are available around-the-clock to offer families the option of donation and answer their questions about the donation process. Our coordinators are experienced in end-of-life decisions and bereavement support.
Our Donor Family Advocate is committed to providing resources including bereavement support and guidance to donor families following the death of their loved one.
Surgical Recovery Teams recover tissue following good surgical conscience and the application of aseptic techniques.
Account and Client Management Coordinators develop and maintain relationships with all organizations that play a key role in the tissue donation and implant processes.
Tissue Distribution Coordinators maintain a tissue graft inventory and provide support services for local hospitals and surgery centers.
Quality Control and Quality Assurance departments monitor all processes to ensure the highest tissue quality and safety.
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