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Goal 4

Promote living donor and transplant recipient safety

Goal 4, safety, includes educational and collaborative efforts to share expertise across the community in order to improve safety practices.

Resource Allocation Benchmark: 5%

Core activities

The OPTN establishes minimum membership requirements for key personnel at transplant programs, OPOs, and histocompatibility laboratories. The OPTN patient safety portal allows member programs to report potential patient safety events. UNOS conducts routine on-site audits to evaluate member compliance with OPTN policies and reviews transplant program and OPO performance including outcomes and activity levels. Through a confidential medical peer review process, the OPTN may investigate potential member institutions non-compliance with OPTN obligations and the Board of Directors may take member actions.

  1. Enhance sharing of knowledge about safety events, near misses, and effective practices across the transplant community.
Key metrics
  1. Increase percentage of members’ feedback that the OPTN Membership and Professional Standards Committee (MPSC) is focused on improvement, as well as compliance and safety.
  2. Increase in the number of self-reported events.
  3. On an annual basis, a minimum of 20 reported referrals from Member Quality and MPSC monitoring activities for broader community education, communications or OPTN committee review.