Read the latest news releases and articles from the Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network below:
Listing heart-lung candidates
Policy reminder for thoracic programs
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Review article details strategies to improve access to living donor transplantation
A team of authors from the OPTN Living Donor Committee assessed a number of educational efforts to promote knowledge about and access to living donor transplantation.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Extra Vessels changes coming this summer
We are making numerous changes related to Extra Vessels beginning this summer. Be aware of these changes so you can take appropriate action.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Liver distribution policy, NLRB implementation deferred until May 14
Policy and system changes are in place, effective May 14, 2019.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
New functional inactivity guidelines for pancreas programs
OPTN has updated the definitions of functional inactivity to be more sensitive to concerns related to patient safety.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
National Liver Review Board implementation webinar April 15
A recording of the April 15 NLRB national webinar is available. Learn how exception scores will be converted upon implementation.
Saturday, March 30, 2019
OPTN registration fee adjusted
Fee reduced for remainder of fiscal year 2019.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
National Liver Review Board to be implemented April 30
Most exception scores will convert at that time.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Preview available for OPOs: new liver distribution match lists
The test site will be available from Tuesday, April 9 through Friday, April 19.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Unexpected HCV donor-derived transmissions on the rise
Fortunately, hepatitis B remains relatively uncommon in the U.S. and unanticipated HIV transmissions have not been documented since the new Public Health Service (PHS) Increased Risk Guidelines were put into place in 2013. However, unexpected hepatitis C (HCV) donor-derived transmissions have been on the rise. The OPTN, and specifically the OPTN Ad Hoc Disease Transmission Advisory Committee (DTAC), have reviewed these cases and made a number of observations.
Saturday, March 9, 2019