At present, there is no national system for giving donor lungs to the most urgent patients in the UK
Lung disease experts are calling for a new national system to identify lungs for transplant which could double the number of procedures across the UK.
In a report from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, they say lungs should be matched with those most in need, regardless of where they live.
A third of cystic fibrosis patients die waiting for a transplant in the UK.
NHS Blood and Transplant says it is reviewing its approach to allocating donor lungs.
At present, in the UK, there is no national system for giving donor lungs to the most urgent patients.
"Assessing donor lungs and selecting the most appropriate recipients is often difficult and needs detailed knowledge of the recipient”. James Neuberger NHS Blood and Transplant
Instead, suitable lungs from a donor are allocated to the closest regional transplant centre where doctors decide who is the best candidate for the transplant procedure.
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