Keeping patients safe
Find alerts, policies and guidance to keep transplant patients safe and reduce the risk for disease transmission here:
Patient safety resources
PDDTE policy changes – effective 9/1/2016
- Policy notice
- Pathogens of special interest
- FDA-cleared assays, used to determine toxoplasmosis immune status or diagnosis
- Zika virus information for organ donation and transplant professionals (7/2016)
- Frequently asked questions about the 2013 PHS guideline
- West Nile Virus risk factors and evaluating potential living donors
- Recognizing central nervous system infections in potential deceased organ donors
- HTLV-1 screening and confirmation in potential donors and reporting potential HTLV-1 infection
- Recognizing seasonal and geographically endemic infections in organ donors; considerations during living donor evaluation
- ABO typing and subtyping training module available (UNetSM login required) (9/2016)
- ABO Town Hall recording (5/2016)
- ABO verification in the OR video (5/2016)
- ABO webinar recording: Compliance with upcoming changes (3/2016)
- ABO webinar recording (12/2015)
UNOS Connect is your resource for educational webinars for transplant professionals. Go to UNOS Connect and sign in to access all webinar recordings.
About UNOS Connect
- UNet Users: If you have access to UNOS Secure EnterpriseSM systems: UNet, WaitlistSM, DonorNet®, Tiedi®, KPDSM and other UNOS-developed transplant applications, your account is already set-up and there is no need for you to register. Access UNOS Connect with your UNet username and password. This will allow you full access to the site to view system training recordings, register for policy webinars and view materials.
- Other Users: The first time you visit UNOS Connect, you will need to complete a brief, online form to register for the site. After that, you will have access to a wide range of UNOS instructional offerings and materials, except system training.
- OPTN policy 5: organ offers, acceptance, and verification (6/2016)
- System changes related to ABO verification policy are now in place (6/2016)
- Frequently asked questions
- Policy change preparation checklist for transplant centers
- Policy change preparation checklist for OPOs
- OPO Pre-recovery Verification Template(added 6/28/2016)
- ABO Flow chart (revised 5/2016)
- ABO Subtyping Organ Donors for Blood Groups A and AB
- Living Donor OR Verification template (revised 5/2017)
- Recipient OR Verification template (revised 5/2017)
- FAQs related to upcoming policy changes
- ABO donor recipient compatibility chart (added 4/2016)
- Electronic Medical Record (EMR) suggested data fields (revised 5/2016)
You can find the following three effective communication videos on UNOS Connect. Just open the course catalog and select the Patient Safety category.
- Preventing hemodilution errors
- Preventing organ discard
- Proactively averting errors
Corrective action plans
Root cause analysis
Use this application to enter data on candidates, recipients and donors. If you can’t access the site, your hospital or OPO site administrator can help you.
Important patient safety notices
International Medsurg Connection (IMC), a wholesale medical supply distributor, has voluntarily recalled its sterile conventional syringes and needles in Cardinal Health private label packaging. Your organization might have received notice from Cardinal Health about this recall. Learn more.
OPO and transplant center staff may respond to this survey until July 31.
Some additional information to help you decide whether to accept organ offers from donors with a positive or pending Toxo screening result. Also information on how best to treat Toxo-negative recipients of organs from Toxo-positive donors.
A required Toxoplasma IgG field was added to the Infectious Diseases tab in DonorNet® on April 6th, 2017.
Document addresses communication with patients regarding increased risk donors; recording of an April 4 webinar is now available.
Review the FDA’s most recent update published on March 9, 2017.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an additional Epi-X update regarding reports of potentially contaminated organ preservation solution. This is an update to information posted on January 12.
Webinar recording available to help you improve post-transplant communication of new donor information
View a webinar recording to familiarize yourself with the changes and to learn about effective practices.
Read the updated FDA alert that contains specific recommendations for health care facilities and staff.
Read the latest updates provided by the FDA and the CDC.