The bone bank joins the donor network

johnboy 4 January 2011 2

Katy Gallagher has the moderately surprising news that the ACT Bone Bank has joined the DonateLife ACT network.

(Surprising in that many will be unaware of the existence of an ACT Bone Bank)

“Having the ACT Bone Bank join DonateLife ACT has completed another of the Federal Government’s national reform package tasks to establish a nationally coordinated approach to organ and tissue donation for transplantation,” Ms Gallagher said.

“ACTBB is a living donor femoral head tissue bank and its primary role is to collect, screen, store and distribute donated human bone for transplant purposes. Throughout 2010, the ACTBB had 140 bone donations, which is double the previous yearly average,” Ms Gallagher said.

Patients undergoing elective hip replacement surgery may donate the ball part of the joint (femoral head) which otherwise would be discarded. This bone is tested, stored andused for surgical procedures such as bone grafts for orthopeadic surgery including those undergoing spinal surgery, bone tumour surgery and hip revisions.

Comforting to know these things go on.

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2 Responses to The bone bank joins the donor network
Brianna Brianna 8:40 pm 04 Jan 11

A damn good idea. I didn’t know about the bone bank either.

dvaey dvaey 11:56 pm 04 Jan 11

One wonders why there were only 140 donations, when Calvary for example does nearly 600 hip surgeries per year. Are patients/doctors unaware of the bone bank or are there limitations on donations in the same manner as blood donations?

As someone due to undergo a hip replacement surgery in the next 12 months, this is interesting news to know. I will certainly be making sure any bone taken will be sent to this mob.

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