Eye Banks

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Understanding Accreditation

Recovery (R)

The establishment procures ocular tissues, which may encompass, but is not limited to: in situ excision, whole globe enucleation, donor body assessment, pen light examination, assignment of an unique identification number, preservation media storage, pre-distribution packaging of tissue, supply storage and sterilization of instruments. (EBAA Medical Standards: the removal, acquisition, recovery or collection of donor tissue)

Processing (P)

Post-recovery, the establishment prepares ocular tissues, which may encompass, but is not limited to: open container processing (e.g. laboratory corneal excisions, laboratory scleral preservation, preparation of lamellar tissue, preparation of tissue for LAK), supply storage, sterilization of instruments, environmental control/cleaning, preservation media storage and pre-distribution packaging of tissue. (EBAA Medical Standards: Activities that may include, but are not limited to, the assessment, preparation, manipulation/sizing, testing, decontamination and/or sterilization of ocular tissues. Open-Container processing: Any manipulation of the ocular tissue, intended for transplant that involves opening a previously sealed container.

Tissue Storage (S)

The establishment stores transplantable ocular tissue, which may encompass, but is not limited to: Refrigerator control (temperature monitoring), quarantine requirements, and others, as appropriate to the scope of the inspection. (EBAA Medical Standards: The maintenance of ocular tissue for future use.)

Final Distribution (FD)

The facility releases the tissue for distribution to the end user, which may encompass, but is not limited to: handling of recipient records, packaging tissue for distribution, labeling tissue, seeking post-operative follow-up reports, tracking of the tissue, assignment of n unique identification number. (EBAA Medical Standards: Shipment of tissue that has been released for transplant.)

Tissue Evaluation (TE)

The establishment performs slit lamp microscopy and/or specular microscopy of ocular tissue, which may encompass, but is not limited to: determination of endothelial density, equipment calibration and maintenance. (EBAA Medical Standards: The assessment of an entity, tissue, equipment, personnel, performance in relation to predetermined expectations or standards.)

Donor Eligibility Determination (DE)

The establishment makes the final determination of donor suitability, which may encompass, but is not limited to: signing off on donor screening and testing, including the review of donor physical assessment, medical/ social history, plasma dilution, serology results. (EBAA Medical Standards: The evaluation of all available information about a potential donor to assess whether the donor meets qualifications specified in the SOP and standards. This includes, but is not limited to: medical, social, and sexual histories; laboratory test results; physical assessment or physical examination; and autopsy findings (if performed).