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Release Date:
10/26/2012

Information on Disaster Relief and Assistance for Transplant Candidates and Potential Living Donors

The national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), administered by United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), is dedicated to providing assistance to transplant candidates and potential living donors in the event of a natural disaster affecting long-term services of transplant centers.

Transplant institutions should maintain disaster recovery plans that address their individual facility's needs and circumstances. This includes mechanisms for communicating with transplant candidates and potential living donors. In case of a short-term disruption of activity (a week or less), your transplant program is your best contact for information regarding their facility status, appointment scheduling, and availability of critical services.

The OPTN is in contact with all member transplant facilities nationwide. In case of significant and potential long-term disruption of service at one or more centers, we will provide any needed updates through this website. The OPTN is also able to assist members as needed with organ placement or management of key donor or candidate data, in order to provide continuity of essential services.

If you need information or assistance in the event of a long-term disruption, such as a need to relocate to another transplant program, contact UNOS' toll-free Patient Services line, (888) 894-6361. It is normally staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday. In case of significant emergency, we will provide updates via this website on extended hours of operation.

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