Transfusion-focused infectious diseases

Fact sheets for Transfusion-focused infectious diseases (TFIDs)

Including Australian specific diseases produced by Lifeblood and regularly reviewed by the Donor and Product Safety Policy Unit and medical microbiologists.

Lifeblood continuously monitors infectious disease pathogens relevant, or potentially relevant, to transfusion medicine/blood safety. 
As part of this monitoring, Lifeblood has developed fact sheets for about 78 infectious disease pathogens based on an extensive review of the scientific literature, infectious disease alerts and information from public health bodies (e.g. WHO, CDC, ECDC, CDNA).
Each fact sheet provides an overview of a specific pathogen, including the associated disease, transmission modes, epidemiology and risk factors for infection, blood phase and potential transfusion-transmissibility.
The fact sheets also include a summary of current Lifeblood risk mitigation strategies and a blood safety risk assessment from an Australian perspective.
The fact sheets are revised every 2 to 3 years, or more regularly if required.  
As the fact sheets are revised, they now include a risk assessment for pasteurised donor human milk.

Primary authors and reviewers 

Philip Kiely - Blood Safety Analyst
Dr Michael Watson - Microbiologist
Dr Vanessa Clifford - Microbiologist
Dr Clive Seed - Senior Blood Safety Analyst
Prof Iain Gosbell - National Donor and Product Safety Specialist
Dr Veronica Hoad – Public Health Physician


Dr Jenny Wong - Microbiologist
Dr Sharmini Muttaiyah - Microbiologist
Dr Mark Chan - Microbiologist
Dr Zofia Perkowska-Guse - Microbiologist
Dr Michael Thomas - Microbiologist
Dr Kate Garnham - Microbiologist
Dr Emily Shiel - Microbiologist
Dr Christopher Swan - Microbiologist
Dr Anthony Keller - Immunologist and former National Donor and Product Safety Manager
Dr James Thyer - Senior Scientist Project Officer


Australian Red Cross Lifeblood (Lifeblood) surveillance and Emerging, Re-emerging and Emerged Infectious Diseases (EREEIDs) information and documentation (the documents) have been developed by Lifeblood specifically for our internal use within our operational context.
The documents are made available for information only. Whilst Lifeblood endeavours to keep the information contained in the Documents up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability with respect to the information contained in the documents. Any reliance upon the documents by any person is at their own risk. In no event will Lifeblood be liable for any loss or damage, including without limitation indirect or consequential loss, arising out of or in connection with the use of the documents by any person.
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