Programmes and services
Hospital Cornea Retrieval Programme
“Hospital based cornea retrieval programme (HCRP) refers to eye donation consented through proactive engagement with hospitals and donor families for eye donations.
The HCRP focuses on hospitals to retrieve corneal tissues because of several inherent advantages, such as availability of potential donors, their medical history, and reduction of time interval between death and corneal excision. It is also cost effective method of cornea retrieval.
This model involves building strong relationships between donor hospitals and the eye bank. Professionally-trained eye donation counsellors approach family members with a request for eye donation after death of a patient who is admitted in the hospital. HCRP is more efficient, scalable and provides higher utilization rate for corneas recovered. For grieving families too HCRP is a more suited method as patients are screened by well-trained counsellors before the family is approached for donation and if a patient has a medical condition, because of which the cornea cannot be used, the family is left undisturbed in their moment of grief.