Prefer a Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) with experience in cornea evaluation and ocular processing, including DSAEK and DMEK.
Interviews and obtains medical/social history from physicians, nurses, family, and parties familiar with and/or acting on behalf of the deceased.
Explains tissue donation options and provides family/next of kin opportunity to make an informed decision.
Evaluates and determines donor suitability based on medical chart review, history assessment, and astute physical assessment of body.
Ensures accurate and complete documentation of all phases of donation.
Obtains and secures blood and tissue samples.
Surgically retrieves eyes/corneas, skin, bone/connective tissue, or cardiovascular tissue.
Performs cosmetic reconstructive surgery.
Processes (cleans, cuts, rinses, etc.) tissue grafts in manner that ensures minimal alteration to structure.
Prepares and/or coordinates donor sites with procurement of tissue grafts in accordance with policies and procedures of Transplant Service Center and standards of American Association of Tissue Banks and Eye Bank Association of America.
Provides evaluation and assembles documentation of quality, structure, size, shape, sterility, and quantity of grafts.
Ensures instruments and supplies are prepared according to operating room standards and Transplant Service Center policies and procedures.
Packages and distributes tissues for shipment using methods appropriate to storage requirements for each type of tissue being shipped.
Assists with educational programs; promotes awareness of tissue donation.
May provide working supervision to Transplant Technician I and per diem technical procurement personnel.
Assists in tasks associated with preparation for recovery of allograft tissue (preparing and packing supplies, documenting load/lot #'s of supplies, cleaning and preparation of recovery location.
Participates in and develops skills for preparation of donor sites, collection, labeling, and handling of samples for testing (microbiology and serology), establishment of sterile fields, circulation in operating room setting.
Assists and/or performs the recovery of ocular and tissue allografts using aseptic techniques.
Performs the cleaning and initial decontamination of recovery site and instruments used in recovery procedures.
Packages allograft tissues for shipment.
Assists as needed in documentation of all functions as requested to supplement technician's reports.
Completion of two years of college to include at least six (6) hours in basic science and one (1) year of experience as Transplant Technician I or equivalent; or High School graduation or GED equivalent and completion of LVN, ORT, Mortician, or MLT program and one (1) year experience as a Transplant Technician I or equivalent. Bachelor's degree in basic science such as biology or chemistry or nursing, med.
Technology, Physical Therapy, or Physician Asst. certification or licensure (or eligibility) as appropriate, and completion or progression to job specific certification preferred.
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