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Best Practices For Reducing Bioburden On Skin, Cardiac, And Musculoskeletal Cultures

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare MS, HV, and Skin C3 rates with LifeShare Carolinas and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education
  • Differentiate steps in their organization's surgical prep process.
  • Identify potential areas for improvement in the surgical prep process for the Center for Organ Recovery and Education and for LifeShare Carolinas. 

Tucker Knox, CTP, CTBS

Tucker Knox joined LifeShare in 2012 as an organ preservationist and tissue recovery technician. In 2017, Tucker was promoted to manager of the department and now leads the preservation and tissue teams. His interest in the human anatomy combined with the positive impact donation can bring inspired him to seek a position in the industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science with a Sports Medicine concentration from Colorado State University. He is a certified transplant preservationist (CTP) and certified tissue banking specialist (CTBS). Out side of work, Tucker enjoys spending time with his wife Cynthia and son TJ, cheering on the Carolina Panthers and halfway finishing DIY projects.

Cara Krepp, B.S., CTBS

I graduated from Carlow University in 2014 with a BioChemistry degree- during which time I interned for Dr. Cyril Wecht as an autopsy technician. After graduating I began my journey with the Center for Organ Recovery and Education in January 2015 as a member of the Recovery Coordinator department. Cross trained in tissue recovery, ocular recovery, and organ perfusion.

Ryan Cormier, BS, CTBS

Ryan Cormier began his career in tissue recovery as a tissue recovery technician at Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates in 2012 where he had been in EMS for 2 years when he discovered his passion for organ and tissue donation. He soon moved to Boston where he continued his career in tissue recovery at New England Organ Bank, now New England Donor Services. After four years, Ryan moved his family to Michigan where he was chosen to lead the tissue recovery team at Gift of Life Michigan as their new manager in 2015. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration and has been CTBS certified since 2014. In addition to leading his recovery team to record recovery volumes and sustained low error and contamination outcomes, Ryan is also responsible for the staffing model change that has allowed Gift of Life Michigan to staff appropriately and adequately for the unpredictable nature of tissue donation.

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