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OPTN Transplant Wait List

Transplant Wait List Watch 2016 #3

OPTN 8-11-2016As of 10:31 am on August 11, 2016, OPTN says there are 77,358 folks on the active US transplant wait list.

That’s a .33% decrease since May 10, 2016, and a 6.95% increase since this project began on April 19, 2011.

 

<- By using the larger statistic, OPTN, the government and the media are inflating the true wait list by 35.53%! 

 

Today, there are 107,290 kidney wait list registrations (active & inactive) and 99,387 candidates for a total of 7903 multiple listings (folks registered at more than one transplant center).*

 

May 10, 2016: 108,046 registrants and 100,102 candidates for 7944 multiple listings.

September 21, 2014108,989 kidney wait list registrations and 101,244 candidates, for 7745 multiple listings.

 

Kidney wait list registrants have decreased 1.55% since September 21, 2014. .

Kidney wait list candidates have decreased 1.83% since  September 21, 2014.

 

14.424 kidney wait list registrants have undergone at least one prior transplant. 13.44% of registrants.

13,109 kidney wait list candidates have undergone at least one prior transplant. 13.19% of candidates.

 

May 10, 2016: 14,601 kidney wait list registrants have undergone at least one prior transplant (compared with 16,054 on 9-21-2014. 14.7%) – 13.5%

13,252 kidney wait list candidates have undergone at least one prior transplant (compared with 14,493 on 9-21-2014. 14.3%) – 13.2%

 

Prior check-ins:

May 10, 2016: 77,617
March 18, 2016: 78,104
October 19, 2015: 79,052
August 23, 2011: 72,318
July 19, 2015: 78,296
May 19, 2015: 79,134.
April 9, 2015: 78,196
March 10, 2015: 78,012.
December 26, 2014: 79,870.
September 21, 2014: 79,127.
March 18, 2013: 74, 758.
January 20, 2013: 74,352.
November 9, 2012: 74,558
August 11, 2012: 73,104
June 24, 2012: 73,146
May 11, 2012: 73,141
January 30, 2012: 72,428
December 29, 2011: 72,656
November 28, 2011: 72,625
October 18, 2011: 72,642
Aug 4, 2011: 72,400
July 20, 2011: 72,345
July 10, 2011: 72,360
July 5, 2011: 72,319
May 23, 2011: 72,298
May 11, 2011: 72,244
April 29, 2011: 72,330

 

*Click on Data -> View Data Reports on OPTN’s menu. Then “National Data”. Category “wait list”. “overall by organ” Compare “Registrations” with “Candidates” to determine multiple listings.

 

**Back on that “National Data” screen. Choose “Organ by Previous Transplant”.

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Deceased Organ Donation OPTN Transplant Wait List

Transplant Wait List Watch 2016 #2

OPTN 5-10-2016As of 8:03 pm May 10, 2016, OPTN says there are 77,617 folks on the active US transplant wait list.

That’s a .62% decrease since March 18, 2016, and a 7.3% increase since this project began on April 19, 2011.

 

There are 108,046 registrants on the kidney wait list (active and inactive) and 100,102 candidates. This means the kidney wait list contains 7944 multiple listings (Duplicate listings; folks registered at more than one transplant center. Think: Steve Jobs)

For comparison, on September 21, 2014, there were 108,989 total kidney wait list registrations (active and inactive) and 101,244 candidates, resulting in 7745 multiple listings, aka folks listed at multiple centers.

Kidney wait list registrants have decreased .865% since September 21, 2014.

Kidney wait list candidates have decreased 1.12% since  September 21, 2014.

 

14,601 kidney wait list registrants have undergone at least one prior transplant (compared with 16,054 on 9-21-2014. 14.7%) – 13.5%

13,252 kidney wait list candidates have undergone at least one prior transplant (compared with 14,493 on 9-21-2014. 14.3%) – 13.2%

 

Prior check-ins:

March 18, 2016: 78,104
October 19, 2015: 79,052
August 23, 2011: 72,318
July 19, 2015: 78,296
May 19, 2015: 79,134.
April 9, 2015: 78,196
March 10, 2015: 78,012.
December 26, 2014: 79,870.
September 21, 2014: 79,127.
March 18, 2013: 74, 758.
January 20, 2013: 74,352.
November 9, 2012: 74,558
August 11, 2012: 73,104
June 24, 2012: 73,146
May 11, 2012: 73,141
January 30, 2012: 72,428
December 29, 2011: 72,656
November 28, 2011: 72,625
October 18, 2011: 72,642
Aug 4, 2011: 72,400
July 20, 2011: 72,345
July 10, 2011: 72,360
July 5, 2011: 72,319
May 23, 2011: 72,298
May 11, 2011: 72,244
April 29, 2011: 72,330

 

This information is available on OPTN’s website under “national data”

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OPTN Transplant Wait List

Transplant Wait List Watch 2016 #1

OPTN 3-18-2016

 

Today, March 18, 2016, OPTN’s website states there are 78,104 *active* folks on the transplant wait list.

The total of active and inactive folks totals 121,424. Remember: inactive candidates/registrants can’t undergo a transplant even if an organ becomes available. So, the wait list is artificially inflated by 35.6% 

Today’s stat is a decrease of 1.2% over the prior check-in on October 19, 2015, and an increase of 7.98% from our first check-in on April 29, 2011.

 

 

 

Prior check-ins:

October 19, 2015: 79,052
August 23, 2011: 72,318
July 19, 2015: 78,296
May 19, 2015: 79,134.
April 9, 2015: 78,196
March 10, 2015: 78,012.
December 26, 2014: 79,870.
September 21, 2014: 79,127.
March 18, 2013: 74, 758.
January 20, 2013: 74,352.
November 9, 2012: 74,558
August 11, 2012: 73,104
June 24, 2012: 73,146
May 11, 2012: 73,141
January 30, 2012: 72,428
December 29, 2011: 72,656
November 28, 2011: 72,625
October 18, 2011: 72,642
Aug 4, 2011: 72,400
July 20, 2011: 72,345
July 10, 2011: 72,360
July 5, 2011: 72,319
May 23, 2011: 72,298
May 11, 2011: 72,244
April 29, 2011: 72,330

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Advocacy Living Donor Protections Living Donor Research Living Donor Risks Living Kidney Donor OPTN

OPTN Standards For Transplant Surgeons Are Too Low

This excerpt pretty much says it all:

The learning curve [of a surgeon specializing in laparoscopic donor nephrectomy], defined by decreased operating time, averaged 35 cases.

Improved intra-operative, patient, and recipient outcomes were observed for centers performing ?50 LDNs annually.

The United Network of Organ Sharing [UNOS; in this case used as a synonym for OPTN] requires 15 cases as surgeon or assistant to be certified as the primary LDN surgeon. This falls below the described learning curve for LDN.

 

 

Raque, J., Billeter, A., Lucich, E., Marvin, M., & Sutton, E. (2015). Training techniques in laparoscopic donor nephrectomy: a systematic review Clinical Transplantation, 29 (10), 893-903 DOI: 10.1111/ctr.12592

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Advocacy Informed Consent Living Donor Research Living Donor Risks Living Kidney Donor OPTN Psychosocial Risks

Living As My Sister’s Keeper

The Establishment published this essay a couple of weeks ago, entitled Of Kin and Kidney Transplants: Living As My Sister’s Keeper. It juxtaposes the Herrick transplant with a personal narrative, interspersed with research about risks. (It’s much more impactful and entertaining than it sounds, I promise). Please read and share with everyone who needs to see it. If we want the conversation about living donor well-being to gain momentum, we make sure these stories are distributed as widely as possible.