Dame Sally Davies
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Chief Medical Officer: Transplants can go ahead

Doctors are being advised they can go on using a fluid to transport organs for transplant while concerns about contamination are being investigated.

Viaspan preserves the liver, pancreas and bowel and is often used when organs are transported in the UK.

Tests have found bacteria, Bacillus cereus, in the solution that is used to test the sterility of Viaspan.

It is now being investigated if Viaspan is contaminated too, but doctors are still being advised to continue using it until alternatives can be found.

The Chief Medical Officer for England is Dame Sally Davies.

  • 29 Mar 2012
  • From the section Health