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At a Glance

118,629

people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list candidates). Of those, 76,083 people are active waiting list candidates. Totals as of today 6:16am

2,801

organ transplants performed so far in 2017
Total Transplants January - January 2017
as of 02/23/2017

1,323

donors
Total Donors January - January 2017
as of 02/23/2017

Organ donation and transplantation can save lives

One individual is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.

Every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list.

Approximately 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant in the United States.

On average, 22 people die each day while waiting for a transplant.

Eight lives can be saved from one organ donor.

One organ donor can save eight lives. Sign up to be a donor in your state.

The organ shortage continues

The gap between supply and demand continues to widen.

Despite advances in medicine and technology, and increased awareness of organ donation and transplantation, there continues to be a gap between supply and demand.

More progress is needed to ensure that all candidates have a chance to receive a transplant. [Graph description of The organ shortage continues ]

Resources

Educational guidance

New guidance document from Minority Affairs Committee

Patients and their providers need education and understanding about transplantation as a treatment option. Learn more about educational guidance now

News

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Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network

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