The Organ Center

In 1982, the UNOS Organ Center was developed by SEOPF through a grant from the American Kidney Fund. The Organ Center was established to assist organ procurement coordinators with organ placement according to established protocols and to arrange transportation for those organs to the recipient center. The Organ Center is staffed 24 hours a day with trained personnel to help assure that organs are allocated, shipped, and delivered in a timely and appropriate fashion so that more patients can be transplanted with suitable organs. The Organ Center maintains the minimum acceptance criteria that each United States center uses for sharing organs. This information is updated periodically to be of the most benefit.

The Organ Center is used by most of the nation's transplant centers and organ procurement organizations for sharing kidneys. Organ Center personnel receive the information from the donor center, access the computer for matches, and telephone potential recipient transplant centers and organ procurement organizations until they find a transplant center willing to accept the organ. Once they have identified the center, Organ Center personnel hook up a three-way telephone conversation between the donor center, the Organ Center, and the recipient transplant center. This assures a clear understanding of the expectations by all parties. Next, the Organ Center arranges transportation from the donor center.

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