OPOs and kidney-pancreas transplant programs
On July 11, 2019, we implemented policy and system changes to remove body mass index (BMI) and C-peptide from kidney-pancreas (KP) waiting time criteria.
The OPTN Pancreas Transplantation Committee sponsored the proposal to improve access to transplants for KP candidates with high BMI and high C-peptide levels. The Board of Directors approved the change in June 2018. Learn more about the proposal and view the upcoming policy changes.
What members need to do
Transplant hospitals will need to notify and educate staff regarding this change. It may affect candidate recruitment and listing procedures. Waiting time for some patients will change as well.
Candidates still have to be registered for a kidney-pancreas transplant, meet kidney waiting time criteria, and must be on insulin.
While C-peptide will no longer be factored into waiting time eligibility, it will continue to be a required field for data collection.
OPOs should plan for a possible increase in the number of pancreata recovered for transplant.