Read the latest news releases and articles from the Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network below:
OPTN policies and procedures implemented to support HOPE Act
The HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act calls for study of the feasibility, effectiveness and safety of allowing kidney transplants from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive candidates.
Monday, November 23, 2015
Expanded HLA typing requirements
Changes are coming in January 2016. Find out how labs, OPOs and transplant hospitals need to prepare.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Implementation date for ABO Policy modifications rescheduled for 2nd quarter 2016
Implementation is planned for June 1. View frequently asked questions and other resources to prepare for the changes.
Monday, November 16, 2015
MELD serum sodium policy changes
The addition of a new factor to the MELD calculation will affect the scores of liver transplant candidates in different ways.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
How can you increase the number of organs available for transplant?
We want to facilitate discussion with the transplant community about successful strategies for increasing the number of organs available for transplant.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
FDA and CDC issue safety alerts on use of heater-cooler devices
There is a potential risk of Non-Tuberculosis Mycobacteria infections associated with the use of heater-cooler devices in patient care.
Monday, November 2, 2015
New data shows kidney allocation system continues to achieve goals
Comprehensive 6-month analysis and limited 7-10 month KAS data are available.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
New Patient Safety Video Now Available
Watch the second in a series developed by the OPTN Operations and Safety Committee.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
OPTN kidney paired donation pilot program: Five years of lifesaving service
The OPTN/UNOS kidney paired donation pilot program, which has arranged 155 kidney transplants since its beginning on October 27, 2010.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Policy and system changes for reporting extra vessel disposition
New, online reporting method and additional requirements effective October 22. View a training video and frequently asked questions.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015