Medical professionals play a vital role in the success of eye donation and transplantation. RMLEB works closely with our donation partner hospitals, educating nurses and other hospital staff about the importance of their role in the donation process. Working closely with each hospital's donation liaison, RMLEB assists in developing donation policies, actively participates on donation-related committees and provides updates on procedure changes relating to donation and recovery.
Healthcare professionals can help preserve the donated eye tissue which can increase the chances of it being transplanted to help cure another's blindness. RMLEB helps educate healthcare staff on two types of eye care:
Post Mortem Eye Care
Tear production stops at the time of death, so it doesn’t take long for the cornea to dry out. A member of the care team should perform post mortem eye care as soon as possible after death in order to maintain the viability of the cornea.
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Eye Care for Ventilated Patients
Patients in critical care areas are at increased risk for developing ocular complications, most commonly as a result of excessive exposure and drying of the surface of the eye. A number of factors can contribute to this problem. Proper, simple eye care measures can decrease the incidence of sight-threatening infections and scarring that can yield long-term problems for a patient who was otherwise successfully treated during their time in a critical care unit. Additionally, for patients who are terminally ill, proper eye care will help maintain the health of the corneal tissue and preserve the option of eye donation for the patient or the patient's family members.
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View this video to gain a better understanding of how you can implement eye care for ventilated patients.