Vascularized composite allografts (VCAs) involve the transplantation of limbs, faces and other structures. In July 2014, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Final Rule was amended to include VCAs as “covered human organs”, and the OPTN oversees VCA transplantation.
Since that time, VCA policy has been in place on a temporary basis, to allow the transplant network to seek public comment regarding improvements. The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors voted in June 2015 to make policies and bylaws permanent, as of September 1, 2015.
As a new type of organ classification, VCAs have several elements to their process that are unique and require education. United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has created a 14-minute instructional video to familiarize OPO and transplant hospital staff with the basic definition and processes for VCA transplantation.
Upon completion of this session, the participant will be able to:
- Identify a VCA by the 9 item definition in policy
- Describe the VCA recovery, allocation, and transplantation process