Read the latest news releases and articles from the Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network below:
Guidance for organ donation and transplantation professionals regarding the Zika virus
The Ad Hoc Disease Transmission Advisory Committee, the American Society of Transplantation (AST), and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) offer information in light of recent spread of Zika virus.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Advisory council formed for project to increase kidney utilization
A national advisory committee will guide the planning and implementation of an OPTN pilot project.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Heart allocation system webinar recording
Listen to a recording and view accompanying slides of the February 2 webinar that explained an OPTN proposal to modify the adult heart allocation system.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Increasing the number of organs available for transplants
Region 4 OPO leadership shares effective practices in video recording; more information coming soon.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
More than 30,000 transplants performed annually for first time in United States
Rate of organ transplants, deceased donation increased substantially.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Checklist available to help you prepare for upcoming KPD histocompatibility testing requirements
Board-approved policy will establish new histocompatibility testing requirements for transplant programs participating in the OPTN KPD Program.
Monday, December 21, 2015
Journal article describes trends in patient safety situation reporting
A review of patient safety situations reported to the OPTN is summarized in the December 2015 edition of the American Journal of Transplantation,
Friday, December 18, 2015
Nominees chosen for 2016 board of directors election
Member voting representatives will receive a ballot and biographical information for the nominees in early 2016.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Study notes success in increasing minority transplants
The study documents the benefits of a systematic approach to match kidneys from deceased donors with subtypes of blood group A to blood type B recipients.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Board actions December 2015
The board approved policy to increase lung transplant access for children and established criteria for programs performing pediatric transplants, among other actions.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015