Allograft tissue comes from people who have chosen to donate their tissue following their death. The tissue donor may have died from some type of sudden accident or illness, such as a heart attack.
Community Tissue Services is committed to honoring the last wish of each donor while providing recipients and surgeons with a trusted source of allograft implants.
Why choose an allograft?
Allografts can replace or repair damaged or diseased bone and soft tissues in orthopedic and neurosurgery. It may also stimulate new bone growth in the affected area, particularly in dental and reconstructive surgery. Skin grafts may be used for severe burns.
How do you screen allograft donors?
Community Tissue Services uses the experience of licensed Medical Doctors to assist in the donor screening process prior to recovery. Community Tissue Services only accepts tissue donors that meet or exceed donor eligibility requirement set in place by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), American Association of Tissue Banks, state regulations, and Community Tissue Services in-house Medical Directors.
Each donor is thoroughly evaluated using a medical/social history assessment, medical records, blood tests, culture results, physical examination and autopsy reports (when performed). This process is used to ensure the donor is suitable for donation by allowing us to recognize and exclude potential diseases or medical conditions that are unacceptable.
How do you test the tissue?
All Community Tissue Services donors are tested for transmissible diseases using FDA licensed, approved, or cleared donor screening kits. Additionally, each individually recovered tissue undergoes pre-processing microbiological cultures to ensure pathogenic organisms are not introduced to the processing environment.
All of the donor chart information is evaluated by individuals trained in tissue banking, and a Community Tissue Services Medical Doctor prior to the processing of the tissue.
What happens after testing?
All musculoskeletal and skin grafts recovered by our tissue centers and recovery partners across the United States are processed at Community Tissue Services‘ Center for Tissue, Innovation and Research. Processing and packaging of the tissue are performed using aseptic technique and occur in a class 100 clean room. Tissue grafts are rinsed and soaked in various solutions to minimize transmission of bacteria and viruses. Community Tissue Services utilizes a low dose terminal sterilization after final packaging of the musculoskeletal grafts. Although the risk of disease transmission cannot be entirely eliminated, the use of allografts that have undergone rigorous donor screening, serological testing and formal processing has significantly reduced this risk.
- Specific lab tests are performed for Syphilis, Hepatitis B and C, HIV and other viruses
- Community Tissue Services meets or exceeds industry standards for disease testing
- The probability of a musculoskeletal graft being non-sterile is 1 in 1,000,000
- All donors are recovered within the United States
What happens to the bone graft after transplantation?
Once the transplanted bone graft is accepted by the body, it is slowly converted into new living bone and incorporated into the body.
Why was Community Tissue Services chosen?
At Community Tissue Services, patient safety and physician satisfaction are our priorities.
Community Tissue Services is registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks, and maintains all applicable state licenses. Community Tissue Services has an unrivaled safety record in providing tissue allografts and is ISO 13485:2003 certified.