Posted 02 February 2009 - 08:40 AM
I don't care what age you are. Everyone deserves a shot at life regardless of your age. UNOS does not base this on age or wealth and don't tell me that someone else was in the area and more deserving just because they were 20 or 30 something. There are specific criteria that determine who is the best recipient for the available organ. Get off the high horses folks and let's stop this immature bickering, Mr. Richardson is just as deserving as any other.
Good luck Big Cat and a speedy recovery to you. God Bless.
Just to clarify this is directly off the UNOS website....anyone could google it.
What factors are considered in organ matching and allocation?
Many different medical and logistical characteristics are considered for an organ to be distributed to the best-matched potential recipient. While the specific criteria differ for various organs, matching criteria generally include:
blood type and size of the organ(s) needed
time spent awaiting a transplant
the relative distance between donor and recipient
For certain organs other factors are vital, including:
the medical urgency of the recipient
the degree of immune-system match between donor and recipient
whether the recipient is a child or an adult
For more information, see the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network article on the Donor Matching System.
How does the matching process work?
The matching process contains six steps:
An organ is donated.
The donor's information is put into the UNOS transplant information database, UNetsm.
UNetsm lists of patients who match that organ.
The hospital where the patient is to be transplanted is notified of an available organ.
The transplant team considers whether to accept the organ for the patient.
The patient who will receive the organ is notified that an organ is available.
To understand how patients are matched on the national waiting list, it's helpful to think of the list as a "pool" of patients. Each time an organ becomes available, UNetsm searches the entire "pool" for the patients who are a match for the organ. A new list is made from those who match.
The patients on this new list are ranked in order of their level of match to that donor organ. The organ is offered to the transplant hospital where the first patient is listed. Other factors which may be considered are the patient's current medical status, geographical location, and time on the list. If the organ is refused for any reason, the transplant hospital of the next patient on the list is contacted. This process continues until a match is made.