TRAINING

Training Offered

  • To General Physicians in retrieval of eyes
  • To Technicians in eye donation practices and eye banking procedures
  • Observer training to volunteers from other NGOs
  • To Ophthalmologists in corneal grafting under the NPCB
  • Participation in various CME programmes at National & International level

Eye Bank Curriculum

Eye Bank Managers Curriculum

Eye banks Accreditation and Affiliation
  • Eye Bank Association of India
  • As a Society
  • Government of India – Grant in aid (Financial Assistance)
  • Anatomy of eye
  • Anatomy of cornea
  • Corneal blindness
Legislative Aspects
  • Human Organ Transplant Act
  • Registered Medical Practitioner
Organizing an Eye Bank
  • Personnel
  • Physical facilities / infrastructure
  • List of Equipment & Instruments
Technical Aspect
  • Techniques involved in eye processing
  • Knowledge on Storage Medium
  • Instruments, equipment purchase and maintenance
  • Instruments and Reagents
  • Infection control and safety measures
  • Waste Disposal

Eye Bank Technician’s Curriculum

Basic Knowledge on: Eye banks – Accreditation and Affiliation
  • Eye Bank Association of India
  • As a Society
  • Government of India – Grant in aid (Financial Assistance)
Knowledge on: Legislative Aspects
  • Human Organ Transplant Act
  • Registered Medical Practitioner
Organizing an Eye Bank
  • Physical facilities
  • List of Equipment & Instruments
  • Cleaning and maintenance of equipment and instruments
Enucleation of donor eyes
  • Enucleation at home prep
  • Preparing & draping the donor
  • Enucleation procedure
  • Aseptic techniques in eye banking
Processing of corneas
  • Corneal excision
  • Serology
  • Specular microscopy
  • Indications for corneal transplantation
  • Ocular microbiology
Equipment maintenance and cleaning
  • Eye bank laboratory maintenance
  • Instruments and Reagents
  • Infection control and safety
  • Waste disposal
Promotional Activities – Understand the concept of:
  • Networking with voluntary organizations
  • Eye Donation awareness programmes
Preparation of labels
  • Method and importance of labelling the tissues
  • Packing and transportation of donor corneas
  • Eye donation counselling
Documentation
  • Understand the forms
  • Maintain manual & digital data
  • Statistics generation for reports and Research
  • Maintenance of registers (Stock register etc.)
Quality Control
  • Infection control quality assurance
  • Medical standards in eye banking
  • Assessment of donor cornea for surgical use
  • Microbiology of donor corneas
  • Aseptic measures in eye banking
  • Disease transmission
  • Medical contraindications
  • Sterilization
  • Temperature recording

Grief Counseling – Curriculum

  • Magnitude of corneal blindness
  • Anatomy of eye & cornea
  • Diseases causing corneal blindness
  • Eye bank function
  • Eye donation facts
  • Hospital Corneal Retrieval Program (HCRP)
  • Grief Counselling
  • Community participation in eye banking
  • Eye donation counseling
  • Family consent for eye donation
  • Pledging of eyes
  • Documentation – donor calls / enucleation calls
  • Eye Donation awareness programs
  • Medical contraindications to eye retrieval

Duration of training

Eye Bank Physicians Training (NPCB) – 2 months (includes keratoplasty)
Eye Bank Manager Training – 1 week
Eye Bank Technician Training – 1 month
Eye Bank Grief Counsellor / social worker training – 10 Days
Custom Designed programmes can be planned as required.
More than 100 general physicians from various parts of Tamilnadu are trained in the enucleation of the donor eye. Over 50 paramedics were trained in assisting for enucleation and other preservation techniques. About 40 social workers / volunteers were trained in grief counseling.

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