As you know, there has been considerable public discussion and worry about the spread of the novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 and the resulting disease, COVID-19. So that you are assured of the continued safety of transplant tissue from The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, as well as equipped to answer any questions your patients may have, I’d like to update you on current donor screening.
While there is no evidence at the present time that coronaviruses can be transmitted by blood transfusion or tissue/cell transplantation, RMLEB has taken a few precautionary measures, as recommended by the Eye Bank Association of America. The EBAA Medical Advisory Board continues to assess the clinical risks of the novel coronavirus, including potential risks for disseminated infection from ocular tissue.
The measures we’ve implemented include the deferral of donors exhibiting certain clinical features in combination with certain epidemiological risks, as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control. In addition to these new criteria, it should be noted that the current Uniform Donor Risk Assessment Interview also contains questions to capture generalized infection symptoms, as well as generalized travel history, that can be effectively used to screen a potential donor for COVD-19 symptoms or travel to an endemic region.
We will provide additional updates as warranted. If you have any questions about any of our processes, please don’t hesitate to call our technical manager, Staci Terrin, at 720-848-3957. She can also be reached by email.
Thank you for your continued trust in us to serve you and your patients.
The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank is recognized the world over for its expertise and leadership in eye banking. In any language, RMLEB means service, quality and compassion. As one of the world's largest eye banks, surgeons may schedule transplants in advance without worry of appropriate tissue being available on the day of surgery — and without the need for importing tissue from other eye banks. Rest assured that your surgical tissue is in our expert hands from donor recovery to delivery to your surgery center.
Penetrating Keratoplasty (PKP): Full-th ickness corneas based on your tissue criteria.
DSEK/DSAEK: Standard grafts (>100 μm) or our Ultra-thin grafts (40 μm - 90 μm).
Neusidil Corneal Inserter: RMLEB is an exclusive provider of the NCI corneal inserter, whose advantages include a spatula and inserter in one device. The donor tissue is folded without overlap so endothelial cells never come into contact with each other or the instrument. Eliminates the ned for viscoelastic. Read more.
DMEK/DMAEK: Prepared in our laboratory and marked to your specifications. Available mounted. See the options here.
Keratolimbal Allografts (KLA): Recovered using special techniques specifically for your patient.
Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK): Pre-sectioned on request.
Intrlase Enabled Keratoplasty: Zig-Zag, Mushroom, Tongue & Groove, and Top Hat.
Glaucoma Shunt Cover / Patch Grafts: Corneal tissue preserved for long-term storage in absolute alcohol. Available as whole or bisected cornea and at full-thickness or split-thickness. Eliminates back-table time in the O.R.
Sclera: Whole sclera preserved in absolute alcohol.
Proximity to one of the world’s largest and most advanced airports, Denver International Airport, means reduced travel time for tissue, keeping surgeons on schedule.
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