Patients face contamination threat

Potentially fatal infections might pose a threat to many transplant patients as reports about the chemical used to preserve donor organs being contaminated with bacteria were out.

Bacillus cereus bacterium is behind the contamination as it is supposedly affecting the liquid used to transport organs called Viaspan. This can cause vomiting, stomach cramps and can be fatal on rare occasions.

In Britain every year, about 1100 people have operations like liver, pancreas and bowel transplants.

According to the Government, there have been no reports about anyone being harmed due to the contamination and the risks are not of a big dimension.

The solution has however been recalled by the manufacturer and hospitals have been asked to make use of other substitutes to make sure that no danger is caused to patients.

The Government has however expressed helplessness stating that it has to use the same solution as no alternatives are available at the moment.

People will die waiting for organs if they do not take this risk.

Last night Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said, "Our priority is to ensure patients are safe. There is currently no evidence of any problems in patients who have recently had transplants where Viaspan has been used."