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JCAHO approves laboratory standards for tissue storage and issuance.

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) Standards and Survey Procedures (SSP) Committee has approved the field review of modified laboratory standards that address tissue storage and issuance. The modified standards would also be applicable to hospitals and ambulatory care facilities, which also store and issue tissue.

According to JCAHOline, the Ambulatory Care and Hospital Professional and Technical Advisory Committees reviewed the existing laboratory tissue storage and issuance standards and supported the inclusion of the standards in their respective accreditation manuals.

Examples of tissue specimens that might be found in an organization include arteries, bone, bone marrow, cartilage, cord blood, cornea, dura, eggs, embryo, fascia, heart valves, skin, sperm, stem cells, tendons, veins, and other cellular-based transplant or implant products.

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Title Annotation:Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Comment:JCAHO approves laboratory standards for tissue storage and issuance.(Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations)
Publication:Transplant News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 30, 2004
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