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Allosource soft tissue

Allosource are one of the world’s key suppliers of soft tissue grafts. With a comprehensive range of meticulously prepared tendons and ligaments, Allosource and Joint Operations are the trusted partners for hundreds of complex knee reconstructions carried out in the UK each year.

A ground breaking study by the Kaiser Hospital in the United States has shown the Allosource processing techniques (AlloTrue and AlloWash) provide superior outcomes to the RTI BioClense system. A copy of this study on 5968 surgeries is attached below.

Features

• Allosource is a charitable organisation which works exclusively with donated tissue from the United States

• The Allosource harvesting technique enables good provision of the long grafts required for revision surgery

• The AlloTrue cleansing process maintains the graft integrity whilst ensuring the safety of the recipient

• Joint Operations and Allosource are supporters of the National Ligament Registry
Benefits

• Since Allosource was founded in 1994 there has been no reported case of disease transmission from their grafts

• The Joint Operations team make all the arrangements to provide the optimal graft for every surgery

• An ethical approach is taken if tissue needs to be returned for storage. Our priority is to respect the gift of donation and ensure that no tissue is ever lost

Tissue Processing and Tissue Safety Information

All donor tissue that arrives at AlloSource has unique characteristics. Tissue processing is therefore individualized by design and starts with intense, dedicated visual and physical inspection of each tissue. Our specialized, highly trained technicians closely inspect the tissue in preparation for our proprietary cleansing process, AlloTrue™, and ensure the tissue is treated with the highest quality processes from start to finish. Also, in order to ensure the AlloSource staff stay current on surgical procedures and special surgical needs, our committed technicians interact often with the surgeons who transplant the tissue.

PRE SCREENING & TESTING

Before tissue is processed, serological and microbial testing takes place. Tissue is subjected to microbiological testing at recovery and must be free of specific aerobic/anaerobic microorganisms and fungal contaminants whose presence would preclude tissue from processing or transplantation.

Communicable disease testing for each donor is performed by a laboratory registered with FDA and certified to perform such testing on human tissue in accordance with the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) and 42 CFR Part 493. AlloSource maintains all testing records, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Antibody to Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1 & 2 (HIV 1 & 2)
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1 NAT)
  • Antibody to Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Hepatitis C Virus (HCV NAT)
  • Hepatitis B Core IgG/IgM Antibody (HBcAb)
  • Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg)
  • Rapid Plasma Reagin or Serologic Test For Syphilis (RPR or STS)

A list of additional communicable disease tests performed is provided upon request.

POST PROCESSING TESTING

After processing is complete, additional microbial verification takes place where tissue is once again tested for contamination, assessed for acceptability and packaged. Tissue must be free of specific aerobic/anaerobic microorganisms and fungal contaminants whose presence would preclude tissue from transplantation. While the exact process differs depending on the allograft produced, each piece of tissue is:

  • Sampled for final microbial testing using swab cultures, destructive tests or fluid extraction
  • Evaluated to a specification to ensure graft acceptability
  • Packaged in a sealed, sterile pouch
  • Labeled with: donor, tissue, product IDs, size, description, expiration date and storage instructions
Working with Donor Recipients and Families

AlloSource’s mission is seen every day as we are inspired to Do More With Life by demonstrating care, consideration and compassion to honor the tissue donor and help the recipient.

Thank you to our donors and their families. We understand what we do begins with someone’s decision to become a donor. But that is only where it begins. It is a journey that changes the lives of everyone it touches. Some have already made the donation decision by signing up on the donor registry. For others, the family makes the donation decision in their memory. No matter the circumstances, the gift of donation provides respectful comfort and solace to families dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Thank you to our recipients who inspire us by Doing More With Life. For the thousands of people suffering from critical or debilitating conditions, donated allograft tissue has the potential to improve their quality of life. Donation is the beginning of the process of creating life-saving and life-enhancing tissue allografts for a recipient. Because of the gift of donation, a recipient’s quality of life can be restored. Aware of their gratitude for the tremendous gift they’ve been given, many recipients welcome the opportunity to share their stories.

We would love to hear your story. Are you a tissue transplant recipient? Please share your individual story to help spread awareness for tissue donation and its possibilities by emailing Colleen Kilkenny at ckilkenny@allosource.org.

AlloSource created AllograftPossibilities.org to fill an unmet need for information about tissue donation and transplantation, while providing a community for industry organizations, as well as donor families and tissue recipients. Please visit us to become a member of our community and share your story.

Allograft Risk Factors, Kaiser Hospitals, Allosource vs. RTI
Sizing and graft codes

 

Achilles Tendon
10017000 Achilles Tendon, with Bone Block
Tibialis Tendon
41517000 Tibialis Tendon, Anterior (Double Strand)
41617000 Tibialis Tendon, Posterior (Double Strand)
Gracillis Tendon
44317002 Gracillis Tendon (Single Strand)
Patella Tendon
17817000 Patella Tendon     Hemi
17917000 Patella Tendon     Whole
18017000 Patella Tendon, Preshaped
Peroneus Tendon
43917000 Peroneus Longus Tendon (double Strand)
Semitendinosus Tendon
86017025 Semitendinouse Tendon (Double Strand)
Semitendinouse Tendon (Allograft Innovations)
44317003 Semitendinous Tendon (Single Strand)
Semitendinous Tendon

Allosource soft tissue

Allosource are one of the world’s key suppliers of soft tissue grafts. With a comprehensive range of meticulously prepared tendons and ligaments, Allosource and Joint Operations are the trusted partners for hundreds of complex knee reconstructions carried out in the UK each year.

A ground breaking study by the Kaiser Hospital in the United States has shown the Allosource processing techniques (AlloTrue and AlloWash) provide superior outcomes to the RTI BioClense system. A copy of this study on 5968 surgeries is attached below.

Features

• Allosource is a charitable organisation which works exclusively with donated tissue from the United States

• The Allosource harvesting technique enables good provision of the long grafts required for revision surgery

• The AlloTrue cleansing process maintains the graft integrity whilst ensuring the safety of the recipient

• Joint Operations and Allosource are supporters of the National Ligament Registry
Benefits

• Since Allosource was founded in 1994 there has been no reported case of disease transmission from their grafts

• The Joint Operations team make all the arrangements to provide the optimal graft for every surgery

• An ethical approach is taken if tissue needs to be returned for storage. Our priority is to respect the gift of donation and ensure that no tissue is ever lost

Tissue Processing and Tissue Safety Information

All donor tissue that arrives at AlloSource has unique characteristics. Tissue processing is therefore individualized by design and starts with intense, dedicated visual and physical inspection of each tissue. Our specialized, highly trained technicians closely inspect the tissue in preparation for our proprietary cleansing process, AlloTrue™, and ensure the tissue is treated with the highest quality processes from start to finish. Also, in order to ensure the AlloSource staff stay current on surgical procedures and special surgical needs, our committed technicians interact often with the surgeons who transplant the tissue.

PRE SCREENING & TESTING

Before tissue is processed, serological and microbial testing takes place. Tissue is subjected to microbiological testing at recovery and must be free of specific aerobic/anaerobic microorganisms and fungal contaminants whose presence would preclude tissue from processing or transplantation.

Communicable disease testing for each donor is performed by a laboratory registered with FDA and certified to perform such testing on human tissue in accordance with the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) and 42 CFR Part 493. AlloSource maintains all testing records, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Antibody to Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1 & 2 (HIV 1 & 2)
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1 NAT)
  • Antibody to Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Hepatitis C Virus (HCV NAT)
  • Hepatitis B Core IgG/IgM Antibody (HBcAb)
  • Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg)
  • Rapid Plasma Reagin or Serologic Test For Syphilis (RPR or STS)

A list of additional communicable disease tests performed is provided upon request.

POST PROCESSING TESTING

After processing is complete, additional microbial verification takes place where tissue is once again tested for contamination, assessed for acceptability and packaged. Tissue must be free of specific aerobic/anaerobic microorganisms and fungal contaminants whose presence would preclude tissue from transplantation. While the exact process differs depending on the allograft produced, each piece of tissue is:

  • Sampled for final microbial testing using swab cultures, destructive tests or fluid extraction
  • Evaluated to a specification to ensure graft acceptability
  • Packaged in a sealed, sterile pouch
  • Labeled with: donor, tissue, product IDs, size, description, expiration date and storage instructions
Working with Donor Recipients and Families

AlloSource’s mission is seen every day as we are inspired to Do More With Life by demonstrating care, consideration and compassion to honor the tissue donor and help the recipient.

Thank you to our donors and their families. We understand what we do begins with someone’s decision to become a donor. But that is only where it begins. It is a journey that changes the lives of everyone it touches. Some have already made the donation decision by signing up on the donor registry. For others, the family makes the donation decision in their memory. No matter the circumstances, the gift of donation provides respectful comfort and solace to families dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Thank you to our recipients who inspire us by Doing More With Life. For the thousands of people suffering from critical or debilitating conditions, donated allograft tissue has the potential to improve their quality of life. Donation is the beginning of the process of creating life-saving and life-enhancing tissue allografts for a recipient. Because of the gift of donation, a recipient’s quality of life can be restored. Aware of their gratitude for the tremendous gift they’ve been given, many recipients welcome the opportunity to share their stories.

We would love to hear your story. Are you a tissue transplant recipient? Please share your individual story to help spread awareness for tissue donation and its possibilities by emailing Colleen Kilkenny at ckilkenny@allosource.org.

AlloSource created AllograftPossibilities.org to fill an unmet need for information about tissue donation and transplantation, while providing a community for industry organizations, as well as donor families and tissue recipients. Please visit us to become a member of our community and share your story.

Sizing and graft codes

 

Achilles Tendon
10017000 Achilles Tendon, with Bone Block
Tibialis Tendon
41517000 Tibialis Tendon, Anterior (Double Strand)
41617000 Tibialis Tendon, Posterior (Double Strand)
Gracillis Tendon
44317002 Gracillis Tendon (Single Strand)
Patella Tendon
17817000 Patella Tendon     Hemi
17917000 Patella Tendon     Whole
18017000 Patella Tendon, Preshaped
Peroneus Tendon
43917000 Peroneus Longus Tendon (double Strand)
Semitendinosus Tendon
86017025 Semitendinouse Tendon (Double Strand)
Semitendinouse Tendon (Allograft Innovations)
44317003 Semitendinous Tendon (Single Strand)
Semitendinous Tendon

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