Focus on Quality

To ensure safety and the best possible results, the allograft donor is extensively screened with an in-depth medical history and also is tested for viruses and bacteria. Safety procedures follow published rules, standards and guidelines of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Association of Tissue Banks. Our Tissue Transplantation program also adheres to the new Joint Commission Standards that were established in 2007. These standards are meant to provide higher quality assurance and patient safety through the ability to trace all tissues from the donor or source facility to all recipients or other final disposition.

Cleveland Clinic's Musculoskeletal Tissue Storage Facility

The facility is a model tissue management program that monitors the safety, effectiveness and availability of musculoskeletal tissue grafts. The program ensures that Joint Commissions standards are met by qualifying all vendors; tracing tissues from receipt through storage, preparation and use; identifying and reporting recipient adverse events; and handling tissue recalls successfully. At Cleveland Clinic, the storage facility requires a swipe badge for entry and has a carbon dioxide tank backup system in case of electrical failure.

Research and Innovations

Cleveland Clinic has established activities in musculoskeletal stem cell research, tissue engineering and musculoskeletal tissue healing at the Orthopaedic Research Center. Cleveland Clinic physicians also have been active in the American Association of Tissue Banks, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Committee on Biological Implants, American Society of Testing and Materials and with the FDA and Centers for Disease Control in promoting safety of tissues.

For More Information

Tissue Recovery Coordinator
Phone: 216.444.3927
Toll-free: 800.223.2273 ext. 43927