Communication gaps for solid organ transplant-transmitted infections among infectious disease physicians: an Emerging Infections Network survey

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Dr. Rachel Miller, Department of Internal Medicine,

SE418-GH, 200 Hawkins Dr., Iowa City, IA 52242, USA

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E-mail: rachel-miller@uiowa.edu

Abstract

Infectious disease (ID) physicians were surveyed concerning knowledge and management of potential transplant-transmitted infections (TTIs). On the basis of cumulative responses to 4 questions that assessed solid organ transplant-related clinical exposures and experience, respondents were divided into 3 groups: most, some, or little transplant experience. Rapid access to donor data was identified as the most important factor when evaluating a potential TTI. Despite varying experience in transplant infections, ID physicians are frequently asked for opinions regarding donor suitability and TTI management. Improved ID physician access to donor information and educational resources will allow more optimal management of potential TTIs.

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