Mandatory and voluntary measures are in place to provide safe, transplantable organs and tissues; however, efforts to minimize the risk of donor-derived infections continue. The overarching goals of the Tissue and Organ Donor Epidemiology Study were to:
- Develop a study design or framework to effectively collect and analyze demographic, screening, and infectious disease testing data obtained from deceased organ, tissue, and eye donors, including referral-only donors, in a standardized manner;
- Identify challenges to obtaining such data in a consistent and standardized format; and
- Identify limitations, including sources of bias from data collected.
This exploratory study creates a pathway for further research to more accurately estimate infection risks associated with organ and tissue transplantation.