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There is a worldwide shortage of organs available for transplantation. In the United States the situation is no different. You can register to become an organ donor today.
Transplanted organs can come either from living donors or deceased donors. In the United States, most transplanted organs come from deceased donors who have experienced brain death, and their other organs remain functioning.
111,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Each week, more than 100 people on the national organ transplant waiting list die because not enough organs are available.
Read more about the process of donation and allocation below.
There are many advantages of living donor transplantation.
The Center for Transplantation at UC San Diego Health System is a leader in living donor renal transplantation. We offer advanced minimally invasive surgery to living kidney donors, and perform more living donor organ transplantations than any center in the region. We are also an OPTN/ UNOS-approved living donor transplant program for liver transplantation.
For more information on living donation, visit the United Network for Organ Sharing website at Transplant Living.
Register to donate.
In the U.S., the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has oversight of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. These two agencies are responsible for safe, efficient and ethical procurement and distribution of organs.
In addition, state legislation through the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, facilitates organ donation - such as providing the opportunity to register as a donor when applying for, or renewing your driver’s license. Review existing state-level organ donation laws. Or simply sign up to be an organ donor in your state.
Once UNOS receives the data from local hospitals, people in need of a transplant are placed on the organ waiting list registry. Transplant waiting times may vary from a few months to several years for the appropriately matched organ.
When an organ is donated from a person who has died, the OPO updates the national UNOS registry with information including donor condition, organ condition and blood type. Then the computerized registry runs match lists to determine candidates for the organ based on recipient condition, blood type, waiting time, geography and other criteria.
When a recipient is found, the OPO:
The Center for Transplantation:
At UC San Diego Health System, we provide detailed information as soon as a person is placed the organ transplant waiting list to ensure that people know what to do and where to go when they receive the call that a suitable organ has been donated.
For more information on organ donation, see each of our areas of expertise, including liver, kidney, pancreas, heart, lung, heart/lung, and blood and marrow transplant.
U.S. government information on organ and tissue donation and transplantation. This site includes links on how to register as an organ donor in your state. DHHS/ HRSA Division of Transplantation is the primary federal entity responsible for oversight of the organ and blood stem cell transplant systems in the U.S., and for initiatives to increase the level of organ donation in this country.
Get involved by sharing the importance of organ donation with others. Free materials for school campuses, workplaces, hospitals and more are available at organdonor.gov. Visit http://organdonor.crosbydev.com/materials.asp.
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