This referral includes the patient’s name, contact information, scheduled C-section date and time, and delivery hospital.
3. Hospital Notified
Lifeline of Ohio notifies the delivery hospital via their preferred notification method. (This notification is typically done via email.)
The hospital documents the patient’s decision to donate.
4. Consent and Questionnaire
A Lifeline of Ohio Donation Support Services Coordinator reaches out to the patient to confirm interest in the program and answer any questions. The Coordinator obtains informed consent on a recorded line. (This takes approximately 5 minutes.)
Within 14 days of the scheduled C-section, a Coordinator contacts the patient to complete the medical-social questionnaire on a recorded line. (This takes approximately 25-30 minutes depending on the answers to the questions.)
5. Placenta Acquisition
Hospital staff draw blood from the patient, with their admission labs, using blood tube kits provided by Lifeline of Ohio.
After delivery, the placenta is kept sterile and placed in a sterile basin provide by Lifeline of Ohio. The sterile basin and blood tubes are placed in the designated refrigerator or on ice.
A Lifeline of Ohio Placenta Acquisition Coordinator arrives at the hospital to package the placenta and blood tubes.
The Coordinator touches base with the nurse to provide a copy of the consent and gather information for charting. A Celebration Bag is given to the patient, in gratitude for their gift of donation.
6. Analysis and Processing
The processor analyzes the donation and processes the placenta into grafts.
Each placenta can create, on average, up to 25 life-enhancing grafts for patients with medical needs!