Nearly 11,900 people provided the lifesaving gift of organ donation upon their death last year, making 2019 the ninth consecutive record-setting year for deceased donation in the United States and representing an increase of 10.7 percent over 2018, according to preliminary data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. Organ transplants from living donors also established a new all-time record in 2019, with 7,397 total living donor transplants far exceeding the previous record of 6,992 set in 2004.
“A key to continuing to improve the transplant system is to develop new data tools, technology innovations and process enhancements so donation and transplant professionals can make efficient decisions,” said United Network for Organ Sharing CEO Brian Shepard. “We are partnering with experts inside and outside the transplant community to use new tools and ideas to save more lives.”
Read more about the widespread increase in organ donation in 2019.