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Patient safety

Keeping patients safe

Find alerts, policies and guidance to keep transplant patients safe and reduce the risk for disease transmission here:

Patient safety resources


Go to UNOS Connect and sign in to access all webinar recordings. UNOS Connect is your resource for educational webinars for transplant professionals.

  • ABO typing and subtyping training module available (UNetSM login required) (9/2016)
  • ABO verification in the OR video (5/2016)
  • ABO webinar recording: Compliance with upcoming changes (3/2016)
  • ABO webinar recording (12/2015)

Other resources

Effective practices

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

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.

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Important patient safety notices

Recall notice affects IV solutions

ICU Medical Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for four specified lots of intravenous sodium chloride solutions and one specified lot of intravenous dextrose solution due to the potential for flexible container leaks.

Keep patient safety contact info current

You now have self-serve access through the Secure Enterprise homepage to update your institution’s patient safety contact information. Please take a moment to review your contact listing and update any out-of-date information.

Important Disease Transmission Reporting Clarification

Transplant professionals need to review the recently updated Notes section of the Pathogens of Special Interest document. If one of your recipients tests positive for HCV after their transplant, and they received an organ from an HCV Ab positive/NAT negative donor,...

The National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) of 1984 called for an Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) to be created and run by a private, non-profit organization under federal contract.

UNOS was first awarded the national OPTN contract in 1986 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. UNOS continues as the only organization ever to operate the OPTN.

Effective March 16, 2000, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) implemented a Final Rule establishing a regulatory framework for the structure and operations of the OPTN.

View the final rule now

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