Read the latest news releases and articles from the Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network below:
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
Board places Gulf Coast Medical Center on probation
Gulf Coast Medical Center is a transplant hospital in Fort Myers, Fla.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Board declares Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency a Member Not in Good Standing
Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency is an organ procurement organization, providing services to six counties in South Florida.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
HCC policy changes affect applications for non-automatic exception requests
HCC exception scores for candidates not meeting HCC criteria, whose applications are submitted to the regional review board (RRB), must still adhere to the policyl.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Study assesses potential benefit in broader geographic sharing of pediatric donor lungs
A study finds that proposed allocation policy is likely to increase transplant rates for children, with no major adverse effect on adult candidates.
Monday, November 23, 2015
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.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
MELD serum sodium policy changes
The addition of a new factor to the MELD calculation affects the scores of liver transplant candidates in different ways.
Wednesday, November 11, 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
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.
Tuesday, October 20, 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.
Saturday, October 17, 2015