Creating safe, efficient and accurate Tissue management processes has become a top priority for the perioperative environment. Regulatory requirements designed to protect public safety continue to evolve and expand with the growth of the tissue industry and advances in surgical life saving and life-enhancing procedures.
Just how big has the tissue industry gotten? Today, more than 1.3 million people are currently receiving allografts annually. To deal with the rising concern over patient safety and tissue traceability, several organizations (listed below) have created regulatory requirements specific to the process.
Three Tissue Tracking Pain Points For Surgical Operating Room Managers
- Need to track each staff member who has come into contact with the tissue including time stamp
- Must have complete and readily accessible available Joint Commission specific reports or logs to comply with regulatory site visits
- Paper based tissue tracking continues to drain perioperative staffs time which could be spent assisting patients and physicians. Ultimately even one missed allograft could result in a day or a week’s worth of tracking for tissue tracking coordinators.
Three Excellent Tissue Tracking Resources
Below are the three largest agencies which have published guidelines around the manufacturing, distribution and usage of tissue. You can also find lots of tips and information to help make sure your organization is prepared to meet the ever increasing rules and regulations in the perioperative environment.
(AATB) American Association of Tissue Banks – In 1976 the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) was formed in response to the growing demand for allografts.
FDA – In 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized requirements for current good tissue practices and mandated new rules regarding the “manufacture” of allograft tissue..
Joint Commission – Published its tissue tracking standards in 2005 which specifically impacted how Operating Room staff could handle tissue and biological implants.
How is your staff dealing with the Joint Commission and FDA published standards for tissue tracking?