Tissue Bank Operations
Tissue bank is an organization dealing with the operations pertaining to the handling, preservation, storage, and/or distribution of human-based tissues or cells. The tissue organization may also be responsible for the acquisition and research of the tissues and cells.
Tissue bank operations in Finland for decades
The bone bank operations are typically situated in the surgical departments of the hospitals, where the bone tissues are used. Until the past few years, the maintenance of bone banks has been the responsibility of the hospital staff, who have usually done it in addition to their own duties.
The eye bank operations have been centralized in the university hospitals, where the oldest eye bank has been in operation since the end of the 1950s. The eye banks are specialized in the procurement of the donated corneas and processing the transplants for corneal transplant surgeries. The eye bank may also be responsible for ordering corneal transplants from abroad or from other areas of Finland. In 2005, there were 146 corneal transplantations performed in Finland.
Database for tissue coordination
A database is used for coordinating the tissue bank operations. The information about the tissues available is collected into the database. Moreover, tissue donations, procurement, testing, processing, preserving and storing, as well as the tissue allocation are managed with this database. A common database accessible through an Internet browser fascilitates locating the suitable tissues and making arrangements for their transplantation.
The tissue bank on the road of change
National Tissue Act as well as the EU Tissues and Cells Directives set strict quality requirements for the tissue banks storing and handling the human tissues. The purpose of these requirements is to ascertain the safety and quality of the tissues used for clinical purposes. Regea’s multi-tissue bank meets all these requirements.