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Transplant Network Reaches Milestone of 500,000 Deceased Donor Organ Transplants

Transplant Network Reaches Milestone of 500,000 Deceased Donor Organ Transplants | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

As of May 19, 2015, the national transplant allocation system developed by United Network for Organ Sharing has coordinated 500,000 organ transplants from deceased donors in the United States since its beginning in October 1987.

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A significant mile stone was reached this last week by the United Network of Organ Sharing in the United States

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Transplant 'fairness' at issue for panel, Georgians

Transplant 'fairness' at issue for panel, Georgians | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A committee on liver transplants in the United States has indicated this last weeks that reducing the nation's number of transplant regions — from the current 11 to four (for the purposes of donor liver allocation) — could potentially save hundreds of lives.

 

However as outlined in detail in this article published online, the potential to save lives has to be balanced with utility of donor liver allocation as not all donor livers are of the same quality. This difference in the quality of donor livers currently places constraints on the time period in which they can be transplanted following removal from the donor.

 

The article focuses on the concerns held by surgeons at a transplant programme in Atlanta, Georgia as to how the new scheme would work. To read more on this story click on the banner headline.

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In countries with large geographic regions the allocation of donor livers requires a balancing of equity with utility taking into account all of the factors which impact on donor liver utilization.

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New US kidney allocation rules give hope to people waiting for donated kidneys

New US kidney allocation rules give hope to people waiting for donated kidneys | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This last week a number of new rules around the allocation of deceased donor kidneys have come into place within the United States.

 

The new rules change the way that organ allocation now occurs for people waiting for a new kidney. It includes a formula which allows for longevity matching of the donor kidneys with potential recipients. Doctors hope that this new allocation system will now maximize the outcomes of transplanting these relatively scarce donor organs.

 

The media release from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) can be viewed via the following link-

http://www.unos.org/about/index.php?topic=newsroom&article_id=2897

 

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This represents major change to the kidney allocation algorithms within the United States with the aim of achieving better patient outcomes.

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Proposed Changes In Organ Donation Stir Debate - NPR (blog)

Proposed Changes In Organ Donation Stir Debate - NPR (blog) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reported via the NPR (blog) from the United States-
Proposed Changes In Organ Donation Stir Debate

The nation's organ transplant network (UNOS) will consider a controversial proposal this week to overhaul the guidelines for an increasingly common form of organ donation currently known as Donation After Cardiac Death.

 

One of the recommended changes is that new more accurate terminology be adopted and that this other form of organ donation from hereon be known as Donation After Circulatory Death

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