Changes in United States heart allocation: A community energized to improve policy.

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Journal Article

Donor heart allocation in the United States has not evolved in concert with changes in the characteristics of patients on the waiting list or evolution in technology. Data showing the growing population of patients with advanced heart failure coupled with the relatively fixed number of cardiac donors and regional access disparities motivated the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Thoracic Committee to reexamine candidate prioritization and broader organ sharing. The resultant proposed policy change stratifies patients in a more granular manner based primarily on wait-list mortality and is designed to expand the geographic boundaries to permit greater access to donor hearts for the most critically ill patients awaiting transplant.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rogers, JG

Published Date

  • December 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 152 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1484 - 1486

PubMed ID

  • 27692950

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27692950

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-685X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-5223

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2016.07.077

Language

  • eng