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Some helpful information on organ transplant placement. More than 120,000 people in the U.S. are waiting to receive a life-giving organ transplant. We simply don't have enough donated organs to transplant everyone in need, so we balance factors of: Many factors used to match organs with patients in need are the same for all organs, but the system must accommodate some unique differences for each organ.
The First StepBefore an organ is allocated, all transplant candidates on the waiting list that are incompatible with the donor because of blood type, height, weight and other medical factors are automatically screened from any potential matches. Then, the computer application determines the order that the other candidates will receive offers, according to national policies.
Geography Plays a PartThere are 58 local donor service areas and 11 regions that are used for U.S. organ allocation. Hearts and lungs have less time to be transplanted, so we use a radius from the donor hospital instead of regions when allocating those organs.
The Right-Sized OrganProper organ size is critical to a successful transplant, which means that children often respond better to child-sized organs. Although pediatric candidates have their own unique scoring system, children essentially are first in line for other children's organs.
Factors in Organ AllocationBlood type and other medical factors weigh into the allocation of every donated organ, but, other factors are unique to each organ-type.
COMMON MAXIMUM ORGAN PRESERVATION TIMES
Waiting list candidates as of today 10:20amAll 116,630
* information provided by UNOS Lynne
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