JCAHO issues revised tissue storage and issuance standards.
The revisions include:
*Address difficulties in monitoring the temperature of tissue stored during transport.
*Maintain continuous temperature monitoring for storage refrigerators and freezers.
*Clarify who is responsible for completing and returning usage information cards to source facilities.
*Procedures include a process to sequester tissue reported by the source facility as the cause of possible infection or involved in an event that may have contaminated the product.
JCAHO noted the adoption of the standards in hospitals, critical access hospitals and office-based surgery facilities is being made to ensure current practice in the relevant settings of care.
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