At this time when you are starting a "new life" with family, consider giving the gift of your placenta to help others have a better chance at life. With your consent, if you are delivering your baby via C-section, your placenta will be donated with complete confidentiality. The placental tissue will then be used to manufacture investigational treatments that may promote rapid healing of tissue of burn victims and other types of wounds.
Healing is a long process for burn patients who suffer through months of skin grafting without a guarantee of success. Through this cutting edge research scientists are beginning to utilize placenta stem cells, usually discarded after birth, to accelerate the healing simply by being sprinkled onto a wound.
Placental Tissue and Stem Cells
In the United States alone, there are more than four million live births each year. From each discarded placenta, about 300 million cells can be isolated. About 50 doses of this investigational medication for burns and serious wounds can be created from one placenta. Cells from adult tissues, umbilical cord blood and placenta (often loosely called "adult stem cells") can be obtained without harm to the donor and without any ethical problem, which have already demonstrated great medical promise.
If you would like more information about donating your placental tissue, please contact St. Joseph's Comprehensive Research Institute at (813) 323-1475.
St. Joseph's Comprehensive Research Institute (CRI) is a department of St. Joseph's Hospital. Since its inception in 1991, CRI has been dedicated to providing access to cutting edge therapies. In keeping with the mission of St. Joseph's Hospital, CRI - a non-profit organization, exists to investigate the various aspects of health care; to provide rational, novel and innovative therapeutic modalities through laboratory and clinical research; to offer services with trust, respect, dignity and compassion to all regardless of race, religion, lifestyle or financial status, and to serve as an educational scientific resource for health maintenance in our community. CRI performs both inpatient and out-patient trials - the placenta collection study being one.