Optimizing the use of increased infectious risk donors

Watch our webinar on optimizing the use of organs from increased risk donors - with Dr. Atul Humar

Research to promote the safe use of increased infectious risk organ donors


The Canadian Society of Transplantation (CST) and the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP) developed guidelines to optimize use of organs from increased infectious risk deceased donors (IRDs).  Led by Dr. Atul Humar, Dr. Deepali Kumar, Linda Wright and several other CNTRP researchers, these guidelines, published in Transplantation and were featured in the Globe and Mail, provide guidance for deceased donor utilization of these IRDs in Canada.  Our research in this area demonstrates that a more standardized approach across Canada can lead to optimized utilization practices and a significant increase in the number of organ transplants.

These guidelines have been developed into a Resource Tool Kit, by the Trillium Gift of Life Network, to help all transplant surgeons and transplant physicians develop an approach to use increased infectious risk donor organs and explain the risks and benefits to their patients. These efforts may lead to expanding the donor pool coupled with decreased wait-list times.  

We encourage patients, families, transplant surgeons, transplant physicians and transplant coordinators to help promote the use of increased infectious risk donors in Canada.  Watch the webinar, download the guidelines, and help promote and disseminate this information. 

Still have questions?  Please contact us and we'd be happy to share more information. 

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