Product recalls can occur at any time, therefore it is important for eye banks to have a plan that can be implemented in a timely manner to ensure patient safety.
During this webinar, planned by the Quality Assurance and Technician Education Committees, speakers discuss the recent Altaire Pharmaceuticals recall and the regulatory, logistical, and operational aspects of implementing the recall. Attendees learn more about the recall of the critical supply, what steps should be taken when similar situations arise, and how two eye banks responded to the recall to ensure the safety of tissue and the continuation of eye bank processes. Attend this session to learn more about how other organizations navigated the recall and how to prepare for an unexpected recall in the future.
Dakota Lions Sight & Health
Matthew Arnett is the Chief Quality Officer of Dakota Lions Sight & Health (DLSH) where he has worked since 2013. Prior to joining DLSH, he worked as an analytical chemist for a FDA-regulated pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturing firm. Matthew currently serves as Chair of the EBAA Quality Assurance Committee and has also served on the Mary Jane O'Neill Fellowship in International Eye Banking Selection Committee and as a guest faculty member of the 2019 Technician Education Seminar. When not at work, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family (wife & son), cheering for the Green Bay Packers as a partial (1/360,760th) owner of the team, and brewing his own beer in a custom designed brewery in his garage.
Ingrid Schunder, MBA, CEBT
Miacles in Sight
Ingrid Schunder, MBA, CEBT, began her career in eye banking in 1999 and has been with Miracles In Sight since 2013. In her current role as Vice President of Logistics and Development, Ingrid is responsible for the day to day logistical operations of both North and South Carolina. This includes the supervision and ongoing training of the Surgical Recovery Specialists who perform ocular tissue recoveries as well as the Professional Development Staff servicing the hospitals, Medical Examiners, Coroners and Funeral Homes of North and South Carolina. Ingrid is currently a member of the Technician Education Committee and has served on the faculty for the Technician Education Seminar for the past three years.
Brian Philippy, CEBT
Lions Medical Eye Bank and Research Center of Eastern Virginia
Brian Philippy, CEBT, started eye banking in 1997 in Minnesota when he was a young pup. Now residing in beautiful Northern Michigan, Brian's family of four contains three eye bankers! The passion for restoring sight and the altruism and ethics unique to our profession are contagious.
Jennifer DeMatteo, MCM, CIC
Eye Bank Association of America
Jennifer DeMatteo, MCM, CIC, is the Director of Regulations and Standards for the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA). She oversees the EBAA Accreditation program, Medical Standards process and serves as their regulatory liaison. She received her bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree in clinical microbiology from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University). She was responsible for directing the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Employee Health programs and personnel in major tertiary hospital and ambulatory care settings. Jennifer has been a Healthcare Epidemiologist for over 20 years and is certified in Infection Control & Epidemiology (CBIC).