Human Tissue Donation: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:50 by admin
Human tissue donations are a source of increasing concern for public health officials. Several cases of infected donor tissue have surfaced during the past year. For instance, a twenty-three-year old Minnesota student recently died after receiving knee tissue infected with the clostridium bacterium. Six additional cases of clostridium infections have been reported since the man's death.

Critics of the current human tissue donation system believe that a lack of government oversight is to blame for the problems. Banks acquire tissue from hospitals, morgues, universities, and even funeral homes. According to officials with the Department of Health and Human Services, most tissue banks are independent, "mom and pop" type organizations, and as such, they typically do not belong to self regulating industry trade groups. For example, while there are hundreds of tissue donation facilities located around the country, only seventy-five such companies belong to the American Association of Tissue Banks. Furthermore, only two states, New York and Florida, license and monitor donor banks. Aside from a general lack of regulation, critics say insufficient training of technicians and inadequate sterilization methods are responsible for the increasing number of infections associated with donated human tissue.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems after receiving donated human tissue. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Blood Donation & Other Transplantation
  2. Cryolife Recall: Overview
  3. Gangrene
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