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Tissue Donation and Its Benefits
Given one tissue donor can help up to 50 recipients, donation of human tissue is indispensable to enhancing and saving lives. Recovered tissue is used to treat bone defects including cancers, burn and trauma patients, sports injuries, and congenital anomalies. Tissue is processed after its recovery to remove contaminants such as blood, bacteria, viruses, and spores.
Virtually anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can potentially donate tissue. With consent, tissue that is donated but found to be unsuitable for transplant can be used for valuable research purposes. This can help in the study of cancer, asthma, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and many other conditions.
Tissue Donation Includes Bone, Skin, Nerve, Heart Valves, Pericardium, Veins, Arteries, and Connective Tissue.
Bone can be used fresh, freeze-dried, or frozen. It is used in many forms, e.g., whole or crushed. It can also be shaped into pins, wedges, screws, or dowels, which are then used used for repair and reconstruction. Bone promotes healing and mobility. Bone transplants are the most common type of transplant.
Skin can be used as a temporary biological bandage for burn victims, and in reconstructive surgery.
Heart valves are used to replace defective valves often of pediatric patients or in women of child-bearing years.
Pericardium is used in neurosurgery as a replacement for the protective covering of the brain.
Veins may be used in cardiac bypass surgeries (especially for those with vascular disease), in limb salvage to avoid amputation, or as access for dialysis.
Connective tissues can be used in urological surgeries and to replace torn ligaments or tendons, to afford the patient mobility and independence and to relieve pain.
CNYETB recovers transplantable bone and connective tissue, skin, nerve, heart valves, veins, and research tissue within 24 hours after death from suitable donors of various ages.
Upon notification of a potential donor, CNYETB conducts a thorough medical screening to determine donor suitability. Our professional staff then contacts the NY State Donate Life Registry and donor next-of-kin to obtain consent. CNYETB also completes a comprehensive donor medical and social history before recovering.
CNYETB features a modern, certified recovery suite at its Syracuse facility that eliminates having to recover in hospital ORs and disrupt OR schedules. CNYETB transports donors to its recovery suite, at no charge to donor families. CNYETB uses prostheses to replace recovered bone and tissue. Incisions made during recovery are sutured using standard surgical procedures, consistent with funeral director practices. Open casket funerals remain a viable option.
Allosource Tissue Processing
Allosource is CNYETB’s primary, nonprofit tissue processor. Nationally recognized for its Joint Restoration program, Allosource is the largest provider of fresh tissue for joint replacement.
Allosource grants tissue distribution priority to CNYETB tissue donor hospitals.
Allosource also maintains a full tissue inventory 24-hours a day, seven days a week for hospital and tissue surgeons’ scheduled and emergent needs.
For more information about CNYETB’s tissue recovery, call 315-476-0199, ext 3975