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There are over 100,000 people in America waiting for an organ transplant at any given time. The nonprofit organization United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) oversees organ distribution to ensure fairness in allocation.
We are proud to have short wait times because it means less wait and anxiety for our patients. A division of UNOS, the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN) governs transplant wait lists. OTPN is a national organ sharing system that guarantees fairness in the allocation of organs for transplant. A division of this organization is the nonprofit United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) which maintains a central computer network containing the names of all patients waiting for kidney, heart, liver, lung, intestine, pancreas and multiple-organ transplants.
When a patient is accepted as a candidate for transplantation by a transplant center, their information is entered into UNOS during registration. Patients are considered for available organs based on a combination of medical facts through a computerized matching program. These factors include:
- Blood and tissue type
- Medical urgency
- Body size
- Distance between the donor and transplant hospital
- Time spent waiting for a transplant
After the information is entered into UNOS, the individual is registered into a giant pool of patients. There is no ranking or patient order until there is a donor.
IU Health Transplant surgeons are committed to finding organs for our patients. We are willing to travel across the country to find an organ match, often giving additional review to organs other centers have passed up. This dedication to organ procurement allows us to deliver organs to our patients faster.