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Transplant patient webinar addresses proposed changes to kidney and pancreas distribution

Published on: Sunday, September 15, 2019

Transplant candidates, recipients and their families have a unique perspective on national organ transplant policy. The OPTN encourages all who are interested to read and offer public comment on proposed policies.

Two proposals recently out for public comment seek to eliminate geographic boundaries currently used in kidney and pancreas allocation. The proposed policies would replace local donation service area (DSA) and regional boundaries with a 500 nautical mile circle around the donor hospital. After the organ is offered to all eligible candidates listed inside the 500 nautical mile circle, it would then be offered to eligible candidates beyond 500 nautical miles.

The OPTN Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation Committees hosted a webinar on September 16, 2019, to describe the proposals for transplant patients and family members and encourage them to comment on the proposals. View the presentation.