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In June 2013 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new guideline to improve patient safety by reducing unexpected disease transmission through organ transplantation.

The guideline updates the 1994 U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) guideline for preventing transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through organ transplantation and adds guidance for reducing unexpected transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) through organ transplants.

The release raised many questions in the transplant community about how to apply the guideline during the evaluation of a potential organ donor. OPTN policy does not currently include specific requirements on this issue.

To clarify application of the guideline, UNOS created a video recording of experts answering questions most frequently asked by OPTN/UNOS members.

As of June 2, 2016, UNOS Connect is your new resource for educational webinars for transplant professionals. Sign in to access this and other webinar recordings.

  • 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.

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Michael Green, M.D., M.P.H.
Past Chair, OPTN/UNOS Ad Hoc Disease Transmission Advisory Committee
Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Dan Kaul, M.D.
Chair, OPTN/UNOS Ad Hoc Disease Transmission Advisory Committee
Director, Transplant Infectious Diseases Service at University of Michigan Hospitals, Division of Infectious Diseases, Ann Arbor

Sridhar Basavaraju, M.D., FACEP
Ex. Officio, OPTN/UNOS Ad Hoc Disease Transmission Advisory Committee
Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

Jean Davis, RN, CPTC
Ex. Officio, OPTN/UNOS Operations and Safety Committee
EVP/COO at Lifelink Foundation Inc., Tampa

Continuing Education

To qualify to receive one CEPTC point, you must review both parts of the recording and achieve a passing score on the post-instructional assessment. To pass, you can answer only one question incorrectly. You have multiple opportunities to take the test.

Once you have passed the assessment, your certificate will e-mailed to you within four to six weeks. CEPTCs are available until April 14, 2015.

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Please contact:

  • for instructional questions
  • Your Regional Administrator at (804) 782-4800 for questions about the 2013 PHS Guideline
  • UNet Help Desk at 1-800-978-4334 or for technical questions