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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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Non-adherence among teen heart transplant recipients widespread, often fatal - ScienceBlog.com (blog)

Non-adherence among teen heart transplant recipients widespread, often fatal - ScienceBlog.com (blog) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This study looks at medication non-adherence among teen heart transplant recipients and finds that it can be widespread, and is often often fatal as reported via ScienceBlog.com (blog)

 

The study, published online June 4 by the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, looked at eight years' worth of data from the Organ Procurement & Transplant Network in the United States...

Deborah Verran's insight:

Non-adherance with taking the vital immunosuppressive medications post organ transplantation can cost young recipients vital years of life and in the worst cases is rapidly fatal

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