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Bloodborne infections in blood, tissue and organ donors (BIBD): guidance, data and analysis

The NHSBT / PHE epidemiology unit, and the epidemiology of infections among blood, tissue and organ donors and recipients.

The NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) / Public Health England (PHE) epidemiology unit collates and reports national epidemiological data on:

  • bloodborne infections among donors
  • the associated risk of transmission through transfusion and transplant

This information contributes to maintaining a safe supply of blood, tissues and organs through:

  • informing donor selection criteria
  • monitoring trends in infections
  • following up any reported post-transfusion infections

The unit manages a series of national surveillance schemes:

  • infections in blood donors
  • infections among deceased and living tissue donors
  • infections in organ donors
  • transfusion transmitted infection, contributing to serious hazards of transfusion (SHOT)

Data from these schemes are used to assess and improve blood, tissue and organ safety.

Blood borne viruses unit (BBVU)

The NHSBT / PHE epidemiology unit works closely with the Blood borne viruses unit (BBVU) to improve blood safety, funded by the NHSBT.

Data collection

  1. Blood, tissue and organ donors: surveillance schemes

    • Detailed guide
  2. Human T cell lymphotropic virus (HTLV): national register

    • Detailed guide
  3. Emerging infections: horizon scanning

    • Detailed guide

Research and analysis

  1. UK blood donor survey: overview and findings

    • Research and analysis
  2. Safe supplies: annual review

    • Research and analysis