This report from The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) recommends reducing a number of ‘deferral periods’, the time between engaging in certain behaviours and donating blood, tissue or cells.
The report explores issues including:
- epidemiological data on blood borne infections (BBI)
- international practice
- the performance of tests for diagnosing BBI
- statistical modelling of the risk of transfusion transmitted infections
- more personalised risk assessment