New Rules Bringing Kidneys to Hardest-to-Transplant Patients

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A shake-up of the nation’s kidney transplant system means more organs are getting to patients once thought nearly impossible to match, according to early tracking of the new rules.

It’s been a year since the United Network for Organ Sharing changed rules for the transplant waiting list, aiming to decrease disparities and squeeze the most benefit from a scarce resource: kidneys from deceased donors. Now data from UNOS shows that the changes are helping certain patients, including giving those expected to live the longest a better shot at the fittest kidneys.

The hope is to “really level the playing field,” said Dr. Mark Aeder, a transplant surgeon at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland who is chairman of the UNOS’ kidney committee.

Read full article at http://bigstory.ap.org/urn:publicid:ap.org:80650ef3893246c6bd58fb0cdbc8044f

Other references: https://www.unos.org
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/rules-bringing-kidneys-hardest-transplant-patients-35872831

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