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.