Two brief narrated, animated videos are now available on the OPTN website to describe formulas used in liver allocation policy. They are designed in particular for the needs of transplant candidates and their caregivers, to explain in plain language what the scoring systems do and how they are calculated. Each video also references the sample calculator for each formula on the OPTN website.
The videos address the following topics:
- The Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD), used as a factor in prioritizing liver transplant candidates age 12 and older
- The Pediatric End-Stage Liver Disease (PELD) model, used as a factor in prioritizing liver transplant candidates younger than age 12 when they are first listed
Transplant candidates, recipients or caregivers seeking more detailed information about OPTN allocation policy may call Patient Services at 888-894-6361.