National liver transplant proposal gets thumbs down in region


Proposed changes to liver allocation rules could take some donor livers away from the Kansas City area.



 A proposal to change the way livers from deceased donors are allocated nationwide got a thumbs down Friday from doctors and those in the transplant community attending a regional meeting in Kansas City of the national organ-sharing network.


After several attendees spoke in strong opposition, the proposed changes were voted down 22-0, with two abstaining.

The vote, which was nonbinding, was taken during the Region 8 business meeting of the United Network for Organ Sharing. The region encompasses Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa.

“I think this policy proposal is seriously flawed,” said William Chapman, a St. Louis transplant surgeon. “The idea that we have a problem is one that is generally recognized and generally accepted, and I think all in the transplant community want to help fix it. But the significant, vast majority of regions do not think that this is a good idea.” Continue reading

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