Lavernia CJ, Malinin TI, Temple HT, Moreyra CE.
The purpose of our study was to determine the involvement of orthopaedic surgeons in the process of acquiring allografts they transplant. A questionnaire regarding allograft acquisition and use was directed to 340 hospitals. In approximately 85% of the institutions, nonorthopaedic personnel selected and acquired the allografts. In most, those responsible for providing surgeons with allografts had little or no knowledge of the practices of tissue banking and allograft transplantation biology. In about 15% of the hospitals, the surgeon was involved in the selection of the source of allografts. It is imperative that orthopaedic surgeons who transplant bone and tissue allografts become actively involved in determining the source and processing of tissue transplants they place in their patients.
J Arthroplasty. 2004 Jun;19(4):430-5.