Three brief narrated, animated videos are now available on the OPTN website* to describe formulas used in lung and kidney 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 Lung Allocation Score (LAS), used as a factor in prioritizing lung transplant candidates
- The Kidney Donor Profile Index (KDPI), used to assess how long an individual candidate for a deceased donor kidney transplant is likely to benefit from a transplant
- The Estimated Post-Transplant Score (EPTS), used to assess how long a kidney from an individual donor is likely to function once transplanted
Transplant candidates, recipients or caregivers seeking more detailed information about OPTN allocation policy may call Patient Services at 888-894-6361.
* What is the OPTN? Learn here.
Find brochures about organ allocation policies on UNOS.