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Tissue Donation Page

Overview

Birth tissue donation

Certain components of birth tissue have been used to address difficult-to-treat wounds for decades and, as the birth of a child can be a turning point for new parents, we’re inviting them to help make it a turning point for others by donating their birth tissue for transplantation, research and education.

Learn more about the donation process. Download the patient brochure

To discuss, please email donatebirthtissue@smith-nephew.com or call 844-623-6667.

The donation process

  1. A medical and social history questionnaire (below) and single blood draw are used to screen potential donors
  2. A signed consent form (below) grants permission for the tissue to be collected
  3. After delivery, a donor coordinator works with the care team to collect birth tissue
  
  


Donor risk assessment

 

Consent form
(Greater Baltimore Medical Center)

Consent form
(all other hospitals)

Frequently asked questions

Is there a cost to patients?
No, the donation is considered a gift so under current federal law there are no financial transactions involved.

 

Are there any risks to the donor?
There are no side effects or risks for either the parent or newborn child.

 

What happens to confidential medical information?
Confidential medical information is kept confidential and will only be shared with authorized parties involved in the acquisition and processing of the donated tissue. PHI generally refers to demographic information, medical histories, laboratory results, mental health conditions, insurance information and other data that a healthcare professional collects to identify an individual and determine appropriate care.

Download the full list of FAQs

Donor profile and requirements

  • Must be age 18 and over and have a planned Caesarean section delivery
  • Donating birth tissue does not interfere with cord blood donation or the banking process
  • Certain medical conditions may impact eligibility

Starting a birth tissue donation program

Impact on the community
Enhance labor and delivery services with the opportunity to donate and help other patients

Impact on providers
Generating fees for medical education or other uses, with opportunities for staff to play a part in cutting-edge cellular and tissue-based products

Impact on hospital administration
Potential to reduce biomedical waste disposal costs and a contribution to high-value treatments that may reduce total costs of care

Download donation program information

 

 

Enable a better tomorrow, today

Birth tissue, such as placental membranes and the umbilical cord, is ordinarily discarded after childbirth. Using 25 years of experience, this tissue can be used to help treat wounds such as:

  • Pressure ulcers, venous leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers
  • Burns
  • Acute surgical wounds

A birth tissue donation program can be a turning point for your hospital, positively impacting patients, providers, hospital administrators and your community.

 

References:
1. American Podiatric Medicine Association. Diabetic foot complications cost more than the five most costly forms of cancer. Online: https://www.apma.org/Media/PRdetail.cfm?ItemNumber=15108. 2014.

Want more information?

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Required donation documents

Donor Risk Assessment Interview (all donors)

Consent for Birth Tissue Donation (Greater Baltimore Medical centre only)

Consent for Birth Tissue Donation (All other hospitals)