New tissue storage, issuance standards effective July 1
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) recently approved standards for the storage and issuance of transplant and implant tissue for hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory office-based surgery or outpatient centers. Slated to become effective on July 1, 2005, the standards cover bone, cornea, skin, heart valves/conduits, tendons, fascia, bone marrow, blood vessels, cartilage, cord blood, and reproductive tissue specimens. The standards call for organizations to develop procedures that address the critical areas of tissue acquisition and storage; recordkeeping and tracking; and adverse event/infection follow-up. JCAHO has approved similar standards for tissue laboratories.
A summary of the new standards appears in the June AAOS Bulletin. The standards were published in the February 2005 Joint Commission Perspectives newsletter.