FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS
Are you collecting baby parts?
ABSOLUTELY NOT. The baby is not at all affected by this donation. After your delivery, BTI takes the placenta, called afterbirth. The afterbirth is considered waste and usually thrown away.
Is the baby harmed when the mom donates?
ABSOLUTELY NOT. The baby or mother is not at all affected by this donation. BTI takes the placenta and portion of the umbilical cord called afterbirth. The afterbirth is considered waste and usually thrown away.
Do you collect donations from aborted fetuses/babies?
ABSOLUTELY NOT. All donations are collected from healthy, consenting mothers who are scheduled to have a C-section. After the baby is born, BTI takes the placenta, called afterbirth. The afterbirth is considered waste and usually thrown away.
What do you do with the donation?
Amnion contains healing properties unlike any other tissue. These tissues have special biologic components with specific functions that encourage the healing process and even save lives.
The donation is used to heal severe wounds, treat burn victims, and so much more. Donations are used to create products for a variety of different specialties, including spine, sports medicine, ophthalmology and more. It’s also used to develop innovative, new healthcare products.
FOR PHYSICIANS & ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
How do you ensure that BTI recovery programs will not interfere with hospital workflow?
BTI considers it paramount that BTI does not interfere with or cause delays in daily workflow. BTI ensures our tissue recovery program meets the highest standards in the industry and seamlessly integrates into hospital processes.
Who is responsible for birth tissue recovery?
Once we reach an agreement, BTI either provides a highly professional representative or trains hospital staff members to serve as a Birth Tissue Donation Coordinator.
How much time and effort will be added to hospital workflow?
None. Patients will review and sign a consent form explaining the process and requirements, complete a short medical and social history questionnaire, allow blood to be drawn and tested (normally on the day of delivery after an IV is in place) and permit BTI to review, make copies and retain relevant medical records.
Once the nurse or medical professional has drawn the donating mother’s blood, it is provided to the BTI representative and sent for testing at BTI’s approved laboratory.
Tissue is collected from the mother during the delivery and immediately passed to the BTI representative in the hospital operating room. Medical records are collected according to the hospital’s established procedure and reviewed for donor eligibility determination. Depending on the donation process established with the hospital during the contract stage, the hospital may elect for BTI-trained hospital staff to perform some of the aforementioned steps.
What do nurses and physicians think about BTI?
We make every effort prior to initiating the program to educate nursing and medical staff about the donation process, use of tissue, and to address any questions or concerns.
We attempt to incrementally implement the program to give time to receive feedback and refine the process as necessary. BTI offers a thorough consultation and final program design is decided by the hospital.
Nurses and physicians recognize the value of tissue donation and the enhanced experience this opportunity provides their patients.
What do patients think about birth tissue donation?
The vast majority of women and their families intuitively recognize the altruistic value of granting permission for their birth tissues to be used to help heal and treat patients that are suffering. Especially, when one considers the alternative is for it to be discarded. A well-organized donation program can have a consent rate that exceeds 90%.
How does BTI assure patient record privacy?
BTI founders have decades of experience working in hospitals across the country and are intimately aware of FDA requirements, as well as HIPPA guidelines involving patient privacy. All information is kept strictly confidential and no identifying information is shared with anyone, except where required by law.
BTI staff will attach a unique donor identification code to the donated tissue and records related to each donation. BTI will store all donor records secure at BTI for as long as required by law.