I posted some UNOS-originated slides not too long ago which charted the not-growth of the active kidney waitlist since 2000. The other day, one of my independent donor advocate cohorts suggested I add a little note to each blog post with that day’s active waitlist numbers, just to counter all the propaganda coming from the transplant industry about the ‘growing organ shortage’. Lovely idea, I think. She even helped me out by providing some numbers she noted over the past few months:
April 29th: 72,330
May 11th: 72,244 <- what's with the big drop there?
May 23rd: 72,298
July 5th: 72,319
And today: 72,360.
Where do I procure this information? OPTN’s website, of course: http://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/