Guidance on effective practices in broader distribution
Sponsoring Committee: Operations and Safety (OSC)
Strategic Goal: Promote the efficient management of the OPTN
View the Board report and guidance (PDF - 727 K; 6/2019)
Read the proposal and guidance (PDF; 1/2019)
Contact: Robert Hunter
The OPTN/UNOS Operations and Safety Committee created a guidance document to provide effective practices as well as operational and process recommendations. The intent of this guidance is to help OPTN members adapt to policy changes that address the broader distribution of organs. These allocation changes impact all members in the organ donation and transplantation community and will require operational changes to increase the efficiency of organ allocation, donor and recipient matching, transportation logistics, and organ recovery.
The guidance document is intended to serve as a resource for OPTN members. The scope and content should reflect collaboration between OPOs, transplant hospitals, and histocompatibility labs, taking into consideration their needs and best practices.
The Operations and Safety Committee is requesting feedback on collecting additional data on the “mode of transportation” for organs. This will help provide data for future broader distribution discussions.
- Does the transplant community support additional data collection necessary for OPTN Committees to evaluate the logistical impact of broader distribution? For example, collecting information on the “mode of transportation” used to transport organs.