Femoral Head Donation for WA Theatres
Femoral Head Donation Instructions
1. IDENTIFYING A FEMORAL HEAD DONOR
- Theatre departments are notified of Femoral Head Donors either the business day before or the morning of the patient’s surgery. A copy of the PlusLife Femoral Head Donor Notification and Checklist form pre-filled with the patient, hospital and surgeon details (Figure 1) is emailed or faxed (as per specific hospital arrangements).
- Proceed with femoral head donation only when you are in possession of a PlusLife Femoral Head Donor Notification and Checklist form.
2. EQUIPMENT SET UP
- PlusLife provides hospitals with eskies and Femoral Head Donation Kits (Figure 2) which contain the following inside a dust cover:
- BD Vacutainer blood tube
- Amies Culture Swab
- 30ml jar for the dry bone specimen for culture
- Biopsy jar containing Formalin for histopathology, in a biohazard bag
- 250ml jar containing a plastic bag for the femoral head
- Pre-printed laboratory request form
- Kit batch label (attached to laboratory request form)
- Additional zip-lock bag for the FH jar
- Additional Biohazard bag for remaining specimens
- Collect a Femoral Head Donation Kit from the temperature-controlled storage area (Kits must be stored under 25 degrees to maintain the integrity of the components).
- Temperature tag under the lid of the esky against the picture taped next to it. If all 3 dots are completely red use another kit and contact PlusLife. Partially red is acceptable (Figure 3).
- Expiry date on the kit.
- In the event that components of the kit are damaged, expired and/or missing, use another kit and notify PlusLife.
For All Other Inquiries, Please Contact:
Donor Liaison Team
Information for your patients following femoral head donation