Category: Blood, Organ, and Tissue Safety

Harnessing Home Care in Early Sepsis Recognition

Al Cardillo Executive Vice President Home Care Association of New York State (HCA)

Guest Author: Al Cardillo Executive Vice President Home Care Association (HCA) of New York State Early recognition of potential sepsis symptoms, rapid referral for confirmatory diagnosis, and swift intervention are imperative to protect patients. Health system leaders and practitioners need to put protocols and practices in place to advance early recognition and intervention to save Read More >

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New Guideline to Reduce Unexpected Disease Transmission Through Organ Transplantation

Author – Matthew J. Kuehnert, MD Director, Office of Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new guideline to improve patient safety by reducing disease transmission through organ transplantation.  This guideline updates the 1994 U.S. Public Health Read More >

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CDC: Protect Organ Transplant Patients from Unintended Disease Transmission

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 Read More >

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Investigating Rare Transplant-Transmitted Infections

Author – Matthew J. Kuehnert, MD Director, Office of Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion  In our last blog, we discussed the balance between organ availability and safety. Today, we describe recent CDC investigations of transplant-transmitted infections and their implications for this area of healthcare. Because the U.S. does not have Read More >

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Organ transplant safety – how safe do transplants need to be?

Author – Matthew J. Kuehnert, MD Director, Office of Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion  More than 100,000 people in this country anxiously await an organ transplant.  Some people will receive a live-saving transplant eventually; however, an average of 18 of the sickest people on the United Network for Read More >

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