Read the latest news releases and articles from the Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network below:
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
First kidney paired donor transplants performed in national pilot program
Two kidney recipients are experiencing renewed life and health thanks to the generosity of two living donors.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Board broadens options for national kidney paired donation pilot
A new protocol will allow pairs to be matched with a "non-directed donor."
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Kidney paired donation pilot program to begin matching in October
The match run identifies medically compatible pairs of potential living kidney donors and candidates.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Board approves resource to assess deceased donor kidney quality
A key issue in kidney allocation is a medical assessment of the organ's long-term function.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Participants named for national pilot kidney paired donation project
Four organizations have been selected to enroll patients and potential living donors in a national pilot project.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Guidance regarding H1N1 and implications for transplantation
This communication is intended to provide information to transplant centers and OPOs as they prepare for the upcoming flu season.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Board approves living donor kidney programs
The 236 transplant programs met criteria for key personnel and enhancing living donor safety.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009