Title: Section 52-4.5 - Retrieval of tissue

Effective Date


52-4.5 Retrieval of tissue.

(a) Cardiovascular tissue shall be retrieved using aseptic technique in an operating room or other aseptic premises approved by the tissue bank medical director.

(b) Retrieval of cardiovascular tissue from a cadaveric donor shall occur within a time limit after cessation of cardiac function specified in written policies approved by the medical director of the comprehensive tissue procurement service.

(c) Cardiovascular tissue shall be stored and transported to the tissue processing facility at a temperature between one and 10 degrees Celsius.

(d) Aseptic processing of cardiovascular tissue shall begin within 48 hours of cessation of cardiac function.

(e) If an ante mortem blood sample is not available from a cadaveric donor, a post mortem sample of sufficient quantity to perform required laboratory testing shall be drawn via a cardiac insertion or from a large vein or artery.

(f) Tissue specimen containers and packaging materials shall be sterile and non-toxic.

(g) Each tissue and blood specimen container shall be labeled legibly at the time of retrieval with the tissue bank identification, and donor identification code or unique tissue identification number. The date, time and anatomic site of retrieval shall be recorded on accompanying documents.

(h) Unless a sample for culture is to be collected at the tissue processing facility, a segment or sample of contiguous heart or vascular tissue shall be placed in a separate, appropriately labeled sterile container intended for culturing for aerobic and anaerobic contamination.

(i) Tissue and blood specimen containers shall be labeled so as to maintain cardiovascular tissue identification throughout all phases of processing, storage and distribution, in a manner not subject to significant deterioration under conditions of transport and storage.


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