In this new study, researchers investigated the number of deceased donors with organs offered to renal transplant centers between 2004 and 2014. During this period, 156,089 kidneys were donated. 128,102 were transplanted; 27,987 were discarded. This means that more than 1
Since the end of the study period in 2014, the number of discarded kidneys has increased. According to the researchers, in 2016, 3,631 donated kidneys – about 20% – were discarded.
By comparison, in France only about 9% of the donated kidneys were discarded during the study period. The difference was that doctors in France were more willing to use older kidneys and kidneys from people with other conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
Research has shown that new treatment approaches to treat the complications of donated organs make transplantation possible Even a lower quality organ is a better option than dialysis, but US policy has not kept pace.
There are guidelines, but not a commonly used method to determine which kidneys are transplanted and which kidneys are thrown away