I am a strong proponent of organ donation, but anything we can do to improve the safety for all involved is a good thing to me.● expanding the guideline to include hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV), in addition to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV);
● utilizing factors known to be associated with increased likelihood of HIV, HBV or HCV to identify potential donors at increased risk for transmitting infection;
● distinguishing between expected and unexpected transmission of HBV and HCV in goals for prevention; and
● limiting the focus to solid organ transplants and vessel conduits recovered for organ transplant purposes.
CDC: Protect Organ Transplant Patients from Unintended Disease Transmission; September 21st, 2011; Matthew J. Kuehnert, MD,
Director, Office of Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety