regulation to effect the purposes of section 19-139e of the 1965 supplement to
the general statutes, insofar as they pertain to eyes, to following words and
phrases shall have the following meanings:
Eye bank means an identified special function of a hospital or medical
institution having a record system covering the status of the donor's intent
and disposition of the donated tissue, providing storage facilities, carrying
cases and solution for in and out transportation and having materials necessary
for maintaining bacteriological and pathological control of the
(2) donor means the person
who by written instrument has validly donated his eyes for use after his
(3) donee means any
Connecticut hospital or medical institution establishing an eye bank approved
by the state department of health to receive eyes for assignment for
transplantation or for any other scientific, educational or therapeutic
(4) donee's agent means any
physician, or the agent of any Connecticut hospital or medical institution,
cooperating with the donee in the removal, preparation or storage of the
donor's eyes, and
means any person eligible to receive a transplantation of eye tissue, or any
hospital or medical institution receiving eye tissue for other scientific,
educational or therapeutic use.
Approval of donee. Any donee
shall make annual application in writing over the signature of a responsible
executive or staff member to the state commissioner of health for approval as
required in section 19-139c of the 1965 supplement to the general statutes.
After inspection, the commissioner of health shall notify the hospital or
medical institution whether or not the application is approved, which
notification shall be kept as part of the permanent records of the eye
death of donor. Upon the death of the donor, his next of kin or other
person legally responsible shall forthwith notify the donee, which shall agree
to keep such records as the state department of health may require to
accomplish the purposes of this section at no expense to the state.
Priority schedule for
Each donee shall maintain a priority schedule to ensure
that the distribution of available or suitable tissue be made in the following
(1) For those purposes that may be
specified by the donor in the written instrument, when feasible;
(2) for use of the eye for a living recipient
(3) for use of the
eye outside of Connecticut for a living recipient who is a Connecticut
(4) for use of the eye
outside of Connecticut for a living recipient who is a nonresident of
(5) for other medical
or educational purposes.
Procedure and techniques to be
approved. All procedures, equipment and techniques used by a donee or
donee's agent in the removal, preparation, storage and transportation of the
donor's eyes shall be based upon principles of asepsis and shall meet the
approval of the state department of health.
Fee prohibited. No fee of
any kind may be charged the donor or the recipient except where authorized by
statute nor may requests for donations in lieu of a fee be solicited.
Removal of eyes prohibited,
when. No donor's eyes shall be removed if it is known that a valid gift
of the whole of the donor's body has been made unless the donor has expressly
indicated to the contrary under the provisions of the written instrument, nor
shall any eye be used for any living recipient pursuant to this section when
the medical history of the donor or subsequent tests of the enucleated eyes
reveal any disease or condition specified by the state department of health as
rendering such tissue unfit for such use.
Instrument for gift. The
written instrument specified in section 19-139e of the 1965 supplement to the
general statutes and such additional forms with such instructions as may be
necessary to accomplish the purposes of said section shall be prepared or
approved by the state department of health.
Advisory committee. An
advisory committee, consisting of at least four members, of whom at least one
shall be an ophthalmologist, one a pathologist and one a hospital
administrator, shall be appointed by the commissioner of health to advise him
in the carrying out of the purposes of said section.