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Next Year, Kidney Donation, Allocation System Likely to Change

Next year, the way kidneys that have been donated are allocated to those in need of a transplant, could change. The change would make the fittest organ available to those with the longest probability of living with the new kidney. The United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) made the announcement this week. The organization, which is non-profit, manages U.S. organ donations.

Over 93,000 people living in the U.S. are currently on a waiting list for a kidney and the supply is far outweighed by the demand. At the present time, when kidneys become available from deceased persons for donation, they become available to patients who need a transplant primarily based on the length of time the patient has waited for an organ.

While it is easy to consider the system fair, it does not attempt to minimize the number of deaths amongst people on the waiting list. It also does not maximize the survival rate…

Read more: Health Aim

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