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The Art of the IV Start - December 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 1 6 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 4 M ore than 1 million skin, tissue and bone allografts are used each year in the United States. "But the chance of getting an infec- tion from implanted grafts is pretty close to zero, because of the steps many banks take to ensure the safety of donor tissue," says Ross Wilkins, MD, the medical director at The Denver Clinic for Extremities at Risk and senior medical director at AlloSource, a non-profit tissue bank in Centennial, Colo. Here are 3 tips to ensure your facility part- ners with a reputable provider. A L L O G R A F T S All Tissue Banks Are Not the Same 3 steps to ensure your grafts are safe and effective. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN CUT ABOVE Look for tissue banks that exceed minimum safety requirements. Daniel Cook Executive Editor

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