Our Hospital Partners

Our hospital partnerships are unique and professional relationships between each hospital and Birth Tissue Recovery. We build careful, long term relationships that allow both the hospital and BTR to build an acquisition program designed to seamlessly integrate into each hospitals’ unique work flow.

An Innovative Patient Experience

Purpose:  To encourage an understanding of the value of birth tissue donation between hospital staff and the public.

Process:  Establish and maintain documented procedures for human tissue recovery based upon consensus methods for tissue acquisition. Methods include industry standards, such as those promulgated by the American Association of Tissue (AATB), or mandated by applicable regulation and are cited in the procedures, or by the customer.

Consent for placenta donation shall provide disclosure of the donation process and actions required from the donor to effect tissue acquisition. Consent shall be obtained without coercion, and without payment to the donor.

BTR shall employ qualified personnel who are trained to perform the tasks that support BTR’s objectives. Personnel obtaining consent or conducting tissue acquisition shall demonstrate proficiency that they are properly trained and this shall be documented.

Tissue handling and management procedures shall maintain integrity of both the tissue and the documentation necessary to support its safety and evaluation for use.

Records pertaining to the donor, their medical and social history, identifying information, test results, and other related documents or information shall be handled, reviewed, archived, and, whenever necessary, shared, as confidential and protected. Access to records shall be controlled and available only to authorized personnel. Archived records shall be secured and maintained in such a manner that facilitates retrieving them later. Archival retention periods are stated in BTR’s procedures.

Sally, Placenta Donation Coordinator

“We are very careful at working around the nurses because their time with the patient is very critical. We are cognizant of their workplace and also with the patients when they are bonding with the baby.”

Kurt, President & CEO, BTR

“We champion the benefits of tissue donation by enhancing the patient experience, not interfering with the hospital workflow, and providing the safest and highest quality tissue for allograft.”

FAQ’s On Placenta Donation Programs

How does BTR assure the privacy of patient records?
BTR executes an agreement with each facility from which it acquires tissue. This agreement requires BTR compliance with HIPAA regulations and hospital policies regarding privacy. All information is kept strictly confidential and no identifying information is shared with anyone, except where required by law. Birth Tissue Recovery staff will attach a unique identification code to the donated tissue and the records related to your donation. We will keep the Questionnaire, Consent Form, and any other records at the offices of BTR. To protect privacy, we will keep all information that contains personal identifiers confidential and in a secure location, with access allowed only to authorized BTR personnel. We store all other information we collect and all test results in secure electronic records, and allow access only to authorized personnel. We will not transfer any identifying information that would allow linkage to patients. We will not identify patients in any publications.
How do you ensure that BTR activities will not interfere with hospital workflow?
Once we reach an agreement with a hospital, BTR selects and carefully trains a highly professional individual to serve as a placenta donor coordinator. BTR’s placenta donor coordinators have excellent situational awareness and interpersonal skills with which they time and conduct themselves in a way that doesn’t interfere with workflow or cause delays.
What do patients think about placenta donation?
Our consent rate exceeds 90%. The vast majority of women and their families intuitively recognize the altruistic value of granting permission for their afterbirth to be used for creation of wound care products. Especially, when one considers the alternative is for it to be discarded.
What do nurses and physicians think about Birth Tissue Recovery?
We make every effort prior to initiating the program to educate nursing and medical staff about the donation process, use of tissue, and address any questions or concerns. We attempt to incrementally implement the program to give time to receive feedback and refine the process as it is going forward. Nurses and physicians recognize the value of tissue donation and the enhanced patient experience this opportunity provides their patients.
Why do you need access to patients’ records?
A mother qualifies to donate if she does not have any diseases that could be passed on to a patient who receives transplant products made from the birth tissues. The medical record review is one tool in BTR’s donor screening and safety assessment process.

Inquire About Our Hospital Programs

Contact us to learn more about implementing a placenta donation program in your hospital.