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Blood Supply Services

Programs that are responsible for acquiring and maintaining supplies of donated blood and blood products that support the needs of patients who require a transfusion.

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Body Donations

Programs that accept donated cadavers for anatomical study in medical schools or for use in medical research.

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Bone Marrow Donation Registries

Programs that maintain a computerized registry that records the tissue type of individuals who have agreed to donate stem cells as a means of facilitating unrelated donor stem cell transplants for patients with life-threatening blood diseases who do not have matching donors in their families. When a patient contacts the registry for assistance, the computer crosschecks its records to see if there is a match for the individual.

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Breast Milk Banks

Programs that collect and store milk from the mammary glands of women who are willing to donate it for use with infants whose own mothers have no milk and who are unable to use milk from cows or goats.

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Organ Donor Cards/Registries

Programs that maintain computerized repositories of information about individuals who have registered their intent to donate organs and tissue and the conditions under which they may be used; provide cards that people who want to donate vital organs, tissue or their entire bodies (for purposes of anatomical study) can complete, sign and carry with them; or issue stickers which can be affixed to an individual's driver licence indicating the intent to donate.

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Sperm Banks/Donation Programs

Programs that collect, freeze and store donated semen for future use in inseminations.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.


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