From September to mid-November, 10 transplants took place through the OPTN’s national kidney paired donation (KPD) pilot program. Five more transplants are scheduled to occur by the end of 2011.
A six-way, non-directed donor chain was identified in August. Four of the transplants occurred between September and mid-November. The remaining two transplants are scheduled to take place by early December.
A non-directed donor chain resulted in three transplants in September, and a separate three-way exchange also was completed in September. An additional three-way exchange is scheduled to occur in December.
A free informational brochure has been developed to provide basic information to potential donors and recipients about the national program.
Currently there are 86 transplant centers participating in the pilot program. For additional information about the program, or to seek information about participating, please contact Ruthanne Hanto, RN, MPH, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.