January 28, 2011
Surgeons More Cautious About HIV and Organ Transplants
The first documented case of HIV transmission through an
organ transplant in more than 20 years has created a ripple effect on how
surgeons evaluate high-risk donors, the Los Angeles Times reports. In 2007, four organ transplant recipients in
Chicago contracted HIV and hepatitis C from a deceased “high risk” organ donor.
According to a new study in the medical journal Archives of Surgery, 41.7 percent of surgeons surveyed said that they
changed their practices and reported decreased use of high-risk donors. What’s
more, 31.6 percent of them said they added more emphasis on informed consent—on
getting patients to assume responsibility for unlikely complications.
To read the Times article, click here.
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