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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.

Deborah Verran's insight:

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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How Social Media Is Changing Organ Donation

How Social Media Is Changing Organ Donation | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

In the age of social media, doctors, patients, and ethicists face new dilemmas over organ transplants.

 

With patients being able to make direct requests for a donor organ via social media platforms, this creates new challenges with respect to fairness and equity which are outlined and explored in the article.

Deborah Verran's insight:

More about the pro's and con's of the current use of social media in the field of organ donation, with a number of perspectives also outlined

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