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Risk Assessments

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:

  1. 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;
  2. Identify challenges to obtaining such data in a consistent and standardized format; and
  3. 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.


Content last reviewed on August 19, 2016