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National Tissue Recovery through Utilization Survey

In order to accurately articulate the size, scope, and positive clinical impact of the tissue banking profession, AATB conducted a survey of U.S. tissue banks in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The survey documented all aspects of tissue banking—from donor screening and recovery, through processing and distribution—for 2012 and 2015. The results of this survey can now be compared to similar data collected in 2007 to identify changes and trends in tissue banking over the last decade.

For more detailed information, please refer to the full 2012 and 2015 National Tissue Recovery through Utilization Survey Report.

For a comprehensive list of terms used throughout the survey, please refer to NTRUS Definitions of Terms.

Key NTRUS Figures:

Number of recovered tissue donors (deceased)

  • 35,112 (2012)
  • 39,121 (2015)

Number of acquired living donors​

  • 4,376 (2012)
  • 19,218 (2015)

Number of grafts distributed: (living and deceased donors)​

  • 2,688,699 (2012)
  • 3,294,066 (2015)

Looking at these figures, it is clear that the majority of the growth in tissue recovery and distribution has been due to an increase in the donation and transplantation of birth tissue.

2007 Accredited Tissue Bank Survey

In 2010, AATB released the final results of an online survey that ran from July to September 2008. This survey focused on tissue bank activities in 2007.

Both AATB-accredited and non-accredited tissue banks were invited to participate in completing the survey’s recovery section. It did not solicit participation from AATB-accredited Reproductive tissue banks or Non-transplant Anatomical Donation Organizations. 109 tissue banks in the United States (U.S.) and 7 in Canada completed the survey. Data associated with responses from AATB-accredited tissue banks in Canada are contained in a separate report.

Key 2007 Survey Figures:

Number of recovered tissue donors (deceased)

  • 29,799

Number of acquired living donors

  • 581

For more detailed information about the 2007 survey results, please refer to the reports below: