Transplant patient webinar explains proposed changes to liver distribution, opportunity for public comment
UNOS, in its role as the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), is proposing changes to the geographic distribution system for liver transplantation. We will seek public comment on the proposal from August 15 through October 15.
The proposed changes will be explained during a live, one-hour webinar for transplant candidates, recipients and donor families on August 22, 2016 at 6 p.m. Eastern time.
The proposed policy is meant to ensure that patients across the country waiting for a liver transplant would have a more equal chance of getting a transplant before they become very sick. Under the current distribution system, the number of transplant candidates per available donor varies widely from one area to another. Proposed changes would increase equity by establishing eight liver distribution districts nationwide that were designed to balance organ availability with the number of liver candidates.
We welcome comments and questions about the proposal from everyone who has an interest in liver transplantation. If you have personal experience with transplantation or donation, your feedback is vital to ensure that the transplant process reflects your needs and perspectives. Beginning August 15, you’ll find the public comment proposal on the OPTN website under Governance > Public Comment.