In the last several decades, a dynamic and highly regulated process of organ donation and subsequent allocation has developed. The organ allocation policy developed by UNOS was based on the consensus of transplant experts and balances justice and usefulness. Although the criteria are slightly different for each organ, generally organs are allocated to patients within the local OPO first, then regional patients, then nationally. The success of organ donation is facilitated by the work of many individuals representing governmental factions, the nonprofit sector, and a wide array of health care individuals associated with transplant centers and donor hospitals. The success of organ transplantation is now most limited by the inadequate supply of donor organs to meet the increasing needs of an expanding wait list population.
- Organ allocation
- Organ procurement and transplantation network
- Organ transplantation
- United network for organ sharing
- Wait list
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine