The Alabama Eye Bank appreciates the support of the Department of Forensic Science, the Medical Examiner’s Office and local Coroners. With your assistance, the Alabama Eye Bank is able to provide the gift of sight to over 2,000 people each year in Alabama and throughout the world. Making the decision to donate has brought comfort to many families by knowing their loved one was able to restore sight for someone suffering in darkness.
As you may know, hospitals are required by CMS to refer all deaths to their local organ procurement organization and eye bank.
Yet, each year nearly half of all deaths in Alabama occur outside of the hospital and go unreported. We need you to become partners with the Alabama Eye Bank by allowing us to assess potential donors through reporting these deaths. With a successful partnership, we could potentially double the available transplant tissue. By partnering to establish effective and timely communication of the donation process, we can ensure that the needs of the medicolegal investigator, grieving donor families and cornea blind can all be accomplished.