Read the latest news releases and articles from the Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network below:
Comment sought on proposed rule regarding vascularized composite allografts
A proposed rule includes vascularized composite allografts (VCA) within the definition of organs.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
2010 OPTN/SRTR annual data report available
The report publishes organ transplant statistics and is produced each year.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Board approves requirements to enhance patient safety, improve access
A series of requirements was approved to enhance patient safety in the use of organs with uncommon blood subtypes.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Study examines ethnic and gender differences in ESRD risk after living kidney donation
The study was published in the American Journal of Transplantation.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center placed on probation
Probation is a public designation of an OPTN member.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Nevada Donor Network declared a member not in good standing
The OPTN/UNOS board of directors voted for the designation at its recent meeting.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Board approves assessment of organ procurement organization performance
An addition to the OPTN bylaws will promote performance improvement.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Federal officials issue alert about Weck Hem-o-Lok ligating clips
The FDA and HRSA warn health care providers not to use Weck Hem-o-Lok ligating clips for ligation of the renal artery during a laparoscopic living-donor kidney surgery, because of serious risks to the donor.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Clarification of media reports on OPTN kidney allocation concept document
Recent news reports have inaccurately described a request for public feedback on concepts that may be considered as part of future OPTN kidney allocation policy.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Feedback requested on concepts for kidney allocation
In a continuing effort to improve the national kidney allocation system, the OPTN/UNOS Kidney Transplantation Committee requests feedback from the transplant community and the public on three proposed concepts.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011