A Multifactorial System for Equitable Selection of Cadaver Kidney Recipients
Starzl, Thomas E.
JAMA. 1987 Jun 12; 257(22): 3073-3075.
The University of Pittsburgh transplantation program has devised an objective, computerized, multifactorial system to allocate cadaver kidneys. Potential recipients are assigned points for waiting time, antigen matching, antibody analyses, medical urgency, and logistic practicality. No more than 5% of kidneys for which there is competition by American citizens may be given to nonresident aliens. During 1986, of 253 renal transplants matched by the system, 98% were performed on patients with the highest point scores. Whether similar selection techniques can be applied for liver and heart transplantation remains to be determined. At present, medical urgency and logistic requirements override all other factors. (KIE abstract)
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.