Student Life | Ella Chochrek
Stuart Sweet, vice president of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and a professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine educated students on the current state of organ donations Tuesday evening.
UNOS keeps record of all patients who need organs and of all of the organs that have been donated. Additionally, UNOS is responsible for determining which patients need organs most and for getting those organs to patients.
Sweet said around 25 percent of eligible donors’ organs are not used because their families do not provide consent, and over 10,000 patients die each year because they do not receive the organs they need in order to stay alive. One of UNOS’ primary focuses, Sweet added, is to get more deceased donors’ families to consent in order to limit the number of deaths.
“We have a lot of work to do in terms of figuring out how we can bridge the gap [between patients who need organs and donors],” Sweet said. Continue reading