October 1, 2010

Donor screening: First step in safety

By: Judi Togerson, BSN, CTBS

Screening of tissue donors is a critical step in ensuring tissue safety. Screening is a complex, multidisciplinary process that begins every time a family says "yes" to the option of donation and ends when tissue is released for transplant. Tissue banks vary in what is considered a suitable donor. Regulating tissue banks The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the primary regulatory body for the tissue banking industry, sets mandatory standards…

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