How does the Tissue Donation Process Work?
Tissue donation is now a very common lifesaving option for those looking forward to becoming donors. Also, there are many medical reasons to why someone cannot donate their tissues. Corneas, eyes, skin, bones, tendons, ligaments, heart valves and other heart tissues can be easily transplanted. Utmost precision and care is taken in the tissue recovery to guarantee the presentation of the body for the sale of funeral processes. Usually the donation doesn’t delay the funeral arrangements, and tissues never impact the open casket funeral for the donor as well.
Have a look at how this process works.
- Death occurs
When a patient deceases, the hospital staff informs the family members. The regulations call it mandatory to notify an organ procurement institution like Gift of Hope.
- Assessment of the donation possibility
The dead patient is then assessed for the eligibility for tissue donation on the basis of criteria like age, cause of death, and medical history.
- First person authorization
Then a donor services rep of an organ procurement institution will check of the person is a registered donor in the registry. If s/he is, then the institution informs their family that their beloved one has made a decision while alive to donate a specific organ which includes the donor designation as well.
- Approaching family about the donation
If the patient is eligible to be a donor, then the organ procurement institution will get in touch with the family and present their options to donate the organs. If the family members concur with the donation, then they must concur as well on the authorization form that will enlist each and every tissue that will be donated.
- Collection of necessary information
The family must also provide appropriate answers to a medical or social questionnaire. These questions are being asked for protection purposes of the recipients and to screen for the communicable diseases if any like HIV or Hepatitis. Then, the medical history is examined to make sure that the tissue is totally eligible for transplantation.
- Recovery and transplantation of tissue
If the tissues are eligible, then a team is responsible to recover them in an aseptic surgical process. The body is then duly reconstructed. The recovered tissues are then further used to build up many grafts for the transplantation purposes. If the tissues are ineligible for transplantation, then many tissues are then further donated for research purposes.