|[December 30, 2013]
RTI Donor Services Celebrates 15 Years of Serving Tissue Donor Families in Wisconsin
MIDDLETON, Wis. --(Business Wire)--
For 15 years, RTI Donor Services has been honored to support the tissue
donation wishes of individuals and their families throughout the state
of Wisconsin. RTI has a long history of ensuring safe tissue implants
are available for Wisconsin patients in need.
Similarly to organ donation, gifts of tissue - which include bone, skin,
heart valves, connective tissue, veins and pericardium - can be donated
after death. Donated tissue is currently being used in more than 1.5
million surgeries routinely performed each year in the United States.
The gift of donated bone can save an injured patient from amputation and
may aid in spinal, musculoskeletal and fracture repair. Increasing
numbers of surgeries use allograft bone dowels, wedges, pastes and pins
as the implants of choice for tissue repair. Heart valve donations
replace defective valves and may improve patients' heart function. Half
of all heart valves are transplanted into children under the age of 15.
Donated veins can help restore blood circulation, and skin donations may
speed the healing process for burn victims.
"RTI Donor Services is proud to continue our mission of providing
donated human tissue for the benefit of others through compassionate
support, outreach and education to families and our local communities,"
said Brenda Knighton, director of RTI Donor Services' Midwest Division.
"We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve the people of
Wisconsin in providing care to our donor families and, ultimately, safe
tissue implants for recipients."
RTI Donor Services has been celebrating its 15th anniversary
throughout the year by in turn celebrating the talented individuals at
hospitals, funeral homes, medical examiner and coroner offices
throughout the state who work with RTI to help make the gift of tissue
RTI Donor Services is a not-for-profit tissue recovery network
dedicated to serving donor families and the donation community in
perpetuating the circle of life. In addition to offering families the
option of tissue donation, RTI Donor Services supports their wishes as a
responsible steward of human donated tissue gifts, provides family
services, and offers community information and awareness. RTI Donor
Services may be accessed through the Internet at www.rtidonorservices.org.
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