FDA funded TTIMS project brings together data from four major US blood collectors (the American Red Cross, Blood Systems Inc., OneBlood, and New York Blood Center) to provide the prevalence and incidence of HIV, HBV and HCV for more than 50% of the US blood supply. The American Red Cross serves as the Donation Database Coordinating Center for the TTIMS Study and is responsible for ensuring that the data available from each center are harmonized and that appropriate consensus positive definitions are used to ensure consistency across sites. The efforts on our part are complex and detail driven.
Custer B, Stramer SL, Glynn S, Williams AE, Anderson SA. Transfusion-transmissible infections monitoring system: a tool to monitor changes in blood safety. Transfusion 2016;56:1499-502.
Dodd RY, Notari EP, Nelson D, Foster GA, Krysztof DE, Kaidarova Z, Milan-Benson L, Kessler DA, Shaz BH, Vahidnia F, Custer B, Stramer SL. Development of a multisystem surveillance database for transfusion-transmitted infections among blood donors in the United States. Transfusion 2016; 56:2781-89.
Vahidnia F, Stramer SL, Kessler D, Shaz B, Leparc G, Krysztof DE, Glynn SA, Custer B. Recent viral infection in US blood donors and health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Qual Life Res. 2017;26:349-57.
Vahidnia F, Stramer SL, Kessler D, Goncalez TT, Shaz BH, Leparc G, Krysztof DE, Dodd, RY, Glynn SA, Custer, B. Motivations for donating and attitudes toward screening policies in US blood donors with viral infection. Transfusion 2016;56:2013-20.
Custer B, Kessler D, Vahidnia F, Leparc G, Krysztof DE, Shaz B, Kamel H, Glynn S, Dodd RY, Stramer SL. For the NHLBI Retrovirus Epidemiology Donor Study-II (REDS-II) Risk factors for retrovirus and hepatitis virus infections in accepted blood donors. Transfusion 2014;55:1098-107.