IN THE NEWS
Ideas in action
A Q&A with Jared Siekierka of Donor Network West about the San Ramon, California-based OPO’s successful donor image sharing program.
How the nation’s organ procurement organizations (OPOs) are improving performance and increasing transplants.
Data & tools
UNOS talks with Matthew Hartwig, M.D., of Duke University Medical School about the transformative potential of ex vivo lung perfusion
What’s happening in public comment?
See what the community is saying
Key takeaways for busy transplant professionals
71 percent of organ procurement organizations increased organ donations in 2018, thanks to the generosity of donors and donor families.
Lung perfusion has more than tripled since 2015, growing from 1.7 percent to 6.3 percent and potentially expanding the pool of organs available for transplant.
Important update: Liver policy changes and National Liver Review Board are in place, effective May 14, 2019.
At the direction of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), implementation of both the liver and intestinal organ distribution policy based on acuity circles and the National Liver Review Board (NLRB) will be deferred until May 14, 2019.
The OPTN is offering a national webinar to provide members an opportunity to learn about the NLRB and how exception scores will be converted upon implementation.
Inside the Organ Center: Partnering with the community
Meet the OC team and learn how they work hand in hand with OPOs and transplant centers to place organs every day, around the clock. See full video channel.
Jameson Finney, pediatric heart recipient
“I was scared and thrilled at the same time,” Jameson says. “This meant I wouldn’t be attached to a battery anymore. I would be able to swim again and play sports with my friends.”