DonorNet and the potential effects on organ utilization: Special feature

D. A. Gerber, C. J. Arrington, S. E. Taranto, T. Baker, R. S. Sung

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The evolution of communication as donor data flows from organ procurement organization to transplant centers has evolved with the incorporation of DonorNet 2007® into the UNetSM system. The ensuing study looks at DonorNet's impact on this process. We established defined time periods for comparison purposes. The study looked at match number for organ placement and overall organ utilization with a focus on ischemia time and graft outcomes. The results of the study demonstrate no significant change in the median match number of organ placement in liver or kidney transplantation. Changes in discard rates were varied amongst transplanted organs and there were noticeable changes in organ sharing with an increase in local allocation for kidney and liver and an ensuing decrease in regional and national distribution. There were no significant differences in the outcomes of livers and kidneys with low offer numbers compared with those with high offer numbers. Overall the study suggests a modest impact by DonorNet on organ placement and utilization, but a longer term study would need to be done to fully evaluate its impact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1081-1089
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number4 PART 2
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Deceased donors
  • Living donors
  • Organ donation
  • Organ procurement
  • Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Immunology and Allergy


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