Lifesharing Tissue Services provides the opportunity to improve and extend lives through the procurement, processing, storage and distribution of human tissue for transplantation and research. Originally established in 1984 to support the Burn Center at UCSD Medical Center, Lifesharing Tissue Services is a non-profit organization serving San Diego and Imperial counties in Southern California.
The majority of tissues recovered by Lifesharing Tissue Services stay in this region to enable physicians to provide the best possible care for critically ill patients. Tissue grafting not only reduces pain and speeds recovery, but it also improves a patient’s quality of life.
Fully accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Lifesharing Tissue Services works to ensure the highest quality of tissue and technical service.
A single tissue donor conservatively can save and enhance up to 50 lives. The diagram below illustrates the potential number of lives that can be affected by a single tissue donor.
A single person can save and enhance up to 50 lives!
All candidates for skin and bone grafts must be free from infectious and degenerative diseases. Not everyone can be a skin and bone donor. History and medical condition at the time of death determines whether or not one can donate. Fortunately, however, approximately 85 percent of people can be a tissue donor.
Tissue grafting not only reduces pain and speeds recovery, but it also improves a patient’s quality of life.
Tissue donors can give the precious gift of sight to the blind, or help a burn survivor through skin donation, or perhaps help someone recover from an accident or cancer with donated bone. Tissue donors also can provide life-saving heart valves, nerves, ligaments, tendons, and more.