Placental Tissue Donation

Are You Having A Planned Caesarian?

Donate your placenta and make a difference.

The Placental Tissue Donation Program is a part of Australian Tissue Donation Network’s Living Donor Program. It gives patients who are having an elective caesarean surgery, the opportunity to donate their placental tissue, which would otherwise have been discarded.

 

This program in turn provides tissue for medical products that improve the outcomes of many types of surgery, as well as the treatment of various types of wounds.

What is Placental Tissue?

Placental tissue consists of the amniotic membrane, chorion membrane, amniotic fluid and the umbilical cord, that surround and protect the foetus during pregnancy. It has been used successfully for a wide range of applications for over 70 years.

 

Placental tissue, more specifically Amnion, has the potential to be used in a variety of ways and has been cited in scientific papers (available on request) to be very beneficial to those who receive it.

 

Amnion has been used to treat wounds and burns in many countries, for over 20 years. Amnion in the inner most lining of the placenta where the foetus resides. It is used as a barrier to the outside environment and helps protect the baby.

 

Donating the placenta following a C-Section, enables us to separate the Amnion from the placenta and to process it so that it can be used in a variety of ways. Amnion enables us to use the barrier properties of the tissue to assist in many areas of wound care.

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Uses

  • Wound care, both acute and chronic
  • Barrier Grafts
  • Burns care
  • Diabetic Ulcers
  • Eye surgery

Benefits

  • Healing properties
  • Anti-adhesive properties
  • Reduces scar tissue formation
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Enhances healing resulting in speedy recovery

How Does the Placental Tissue Donation Program Work?

Donation of placental tissue is entirely voluntary, and all information is held in the strictest confidence. Should you decide to donate your placental tissue, you may give consent by filling in the form, in the link below.

 

A staff member from Australian Tissue Donation Network will contact you and complete a full medical and social history questionnaire prior to the date booked for your caesarean procedure. On the day of surgery, a blood sample is taken at the beginning of your procedure and forwarded for routine screening and infectious disease testing. Tests performed are the same as they would be if you decided to be a blood donor.

 

The placental tissue is collected by trained staff and forwarded immediately to our processing partners, where it undergoes various procedures, designed to turn it into safe, efficient allograft material ready for use.

 

This is a community service, there is no change to your surgery and there are no additional costs to you or the hospital. Your participation in this program enables us to develop the future of Australian-made grafts. Your gift can provide allograft material for countless types of treatments.