The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network in February selected five organizations that work with more than 80 transplant centers to help test a nationwide kidney paired donation system. The pilot project could result in an additional 1,000 live-donor kidney transplants a year.
The United Network for Organ Sharing operates OPTN, which sets the country’s organ transplant policy.
“We think [the pilot] is going to be part of the solution to the organ shortage in this country,” said John Friedewald, MD, chair of the OPTN/UNOS Kidney Paired Donation Workgroup. “We won’t address the entire gap, but it’s a good start.”
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