Author: Matthew J. Kuehnert, MD,
Director, Office of Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety
Over the past few years, my team at the CDC looked into more than 200 reports of unexpected disease transmission through organ transplantation. Of the cases that were confirmed, some had fatal outcomes. Clearly, transmission of infections through organ transplants remains a patient safety concern that calls for action.
To help address the problem, CDC recently led a team of experts to develop the Draft 2011 Public Health Service (PHS) Guideline for Reducing Transmission of HIV, HBV, and HCV through Solid Organ Transplantation. The guideline was posted to the Federal Register today, and I encourage your review and comment.
While recognizing the critical need for organs, our team also wants to ensure recipients are protected from getting unexpected diseases from the organs they receive. After taking a critical, unbiased look at the best available science, I believe recommendations in the draft guideline will save lives and reduce unintended disease in organ recipients. Specific recommendations include improved donor screening practices and better organ testing procedures that will allow patients and their doctors to make more informed risk/benefit decisions about available organs.
I encourage you to review the draft guideline, share it with others who may be interested, and submit comments during the 60-day public comment period.
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