Does the Multi-Use Tissue Model Work Best For You?

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Does the Multi-Use Tissue Model Work Best For You?

It is a common misconception in the industry that multi-use tissue is the ideal way to drive bottom line results, efficiency and to best honor the intent of donation.  This is sometimes true, but not always.  Things you should consider with the multi-use model are:

  • Labor
  • Logistics
  • Time Involved
  • Tracking and Traceability of Tissue
  • Inventory Management
  • Quality

The multi-use model is found to be most effective with clients who have a sufficient volume of variable procedures that closely marry up for multi-use.  So, what if the multi-use model doesn’t make sense for you?  The good news is, we still have options.  By communicating specific needs to your tissue bank you can partner to maximize the donation, while obtaining tissue that best meets your needs through a One-Use Model.

Your tissue bank has the option to provide you with a one-use specimen.  These are specimens identified for specific procedures, but will not be a multi-use option.   To ambassador the One-Use Model, there are a few important things to consider:

  • You should always provide detailed uses on your Request Form. This allows tissue to be tailored specifically to your needs.
  • You should disclose any previous surgery rule-outs, both surgeries that will and will not affect the stated use for the tissue. If you simply state no previous surgery, it can rule-out tissue that could be more ideal for your stated use.

For example, if you are performing an ankle procedure, a foot with a previous toe surgery may still be a viable specimens for your use.  Being more specific is a win-win for both you and your tissue provider.    It allows for better allocation of tissue, and better matching of other specific criteria such as age, height, BMI, weight or any other important criteria for your tissue needs.

As a tissue provider, and a medical professional, it is always our goal to place donor tissues with as many medical research and training programs as possible to truly honor the gift.

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