There is no substitute for human specimens when studying the body for medical education. Physicians, medical educators and students throughout the world rely on human tissue for the most accurate hands on learning and training opportunities available.
Some examples of these opportunities are:
Whether it be studying diseased or non-diseased tissue, human tissue is needed for research at a cellular level. There is no current alternative to human tissue. Some examples of how this tissue is used in research are:
There is no cost to the donor or their family for the SWIBA program. Additionally, SWIBA pays for the following:
However, there are many more options available if desired. A few examples of expenses that would NOT be covered by SWIBA are:
In most circumstances, the SWIBA donation process is quite extensive. The extent of each donor’s recovery varies depending on the donor’s age, height/weight and previous surgeries. What remains of the donor after the donation process is completed is taken to a funeral home or crematory to be cremated.
Due to the extent of the donation process, a traditional ‘open casket viewing’ is not possible. SWIBA cremates all donors, ruling out traditional burial. However, a closed casket service and burial with the cremains inside the casket is an option.
Donors are usually in our care for just a few days so donation adds very little, if any time to the cremation process. Cremated remains are usually returned to the family within a few weeks.
Absolutely. SWIBA adheres to strict confidentiality practices. All donors are assigned a unique identification number that is used throughout the donation process to keep the donor’s personal information confidential.
It is our goal to ensure that all of your questions are answered. If you have any questions or concerns please call us anytime. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Please call 800-723-3031 or fill out our form here.