Data collection to evaluate the logistical impact of broader distribution
Status: Committee Review
Sponsoring Committee: Operations and Safety (OSC)
Strategic Goal: Promote the efficient management of the OPTN
Read the proposal (PDF; 8/2019)
Contact: Pete Sokol
At a glance
You may be interested in this request for input if
- You work for an OPO
- You work at a transplant hospital
- You are interested in the effects of broader distribution of organs
Here’s what we are requesting and why
Eliminating donation service areas (DSA) and regions from OPTN policy will result in increased logistical challenges related to organ shipping. The OPTN Operations and Safety Committee requests suggestions from transplant professionals for a potential proposal on the logistical impact of broader distribution, specifically regarding transportation methods.
The Committee seeks feedback on the following suggested data elements for the Deceased Donor Registration (DDR) form to help evaluate of broader organ distribution:
- Transportation mode and how, specifically, the organ was transported
- Who recovered the organ?
- Time (hours) of organ transport from donor hospital to recipient hospital
Why this may matter to you
As organs are distributed more broadly, proactively collected data will help us analyze the impact of allocation changes.
Tell us what you think
- What data elements would be helpful to assess the logistical impact of broader distribution?
- What challenges would additional data collection present?
- What (if any) data elements should be included?
- Is the Deceased Donor Registration (DDR) form the correct data source to use?
- Do OPOs have the necessary information to report this data?