Cell and Tissue Banking

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 271-280

Organ and tissue safety workshop 2007: advances and challenges

  • Jay A. FishmanAffiliated withTransplant Infectious Disease Program, Massachusetts General Hospital Email author 
  • , D. Michael StrongAffiliated withDepartment of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, School of Medicine, University of WashingtonDepartment of Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Washington
  • , Matthew J. KuehnertAffiliated withCenters for Disease Control and Prevention

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A workshop in June 2005 (“Preventing Organ and Tissue Allograft-Transmitted Infection: Priorities for Public Health Intervention”) identified gaps in organ and tissue safety in the US. Participants developed a series of allograft safety initiatives. “The Organ and Tissue Safety Workshop 2007: Advances and Challenges” assessed progress and identified priorities for future interventions. Awareness of the challenges of allograft-associated disease transmission has increased. The Transplantation Transmission Sentinel Network will enhance communication surrounding allograft-associated disease transmission. Other patient safety initiatives have focused on adverse event reporting and microbiologic screening technologies. Despite progress, improved recognition and prevention of donor-derived transmission events is needed. This requires systems integration across the organ and tissue transplantation communities including organ procurement organizations, eye and tissue banks, and transplant infectious disease experts. Commitment of resources and improved coordination of efforts are required to develop essential tools to enhance safety for allograft recipients.


Transplantation Infectious disease transmission Tissue Organs Cornea Adverse events Surveillance