A Look at California Organ Procurement Organization Recovery Rates
by William Bry, M.D., surgical director, Kidney Transplant Program, and Laura Miyashita
The distribution of kidneys from deceased donors in California is overseen by four organ procurement organizations (OPOs). The federal government designates these OPOs to serve as the link between organ and tissue donors and individuals awaiting transplant.
The OPOs that serve California residents are divided into four regions. They include
- California Transplant Donor Network (Northern California and Nevada)
- Golden State Donor Services (North & Central California)
- Life Sharing Community Organ Donation (Imperial, San Diego counties)
- One Legacy (Southern California)
Organ Recovery Rates
In Northern California, California Transplant Donor Network (CTDN) is the largest OPO. In 2010, CTDN recovered 444 kidneys for transplant. In comparison, Golden State OPO recovered 94 kidneys in the same period.
"Individuals waiting for a kidney transplant are entitled to get on the wait list at transplant centers in different OPOs," says William Bry, M.D., surgical director of California Pacific's Kidney Transplant Program. He adds, "Patients who are considered hard to match, such as re-transplant patients or individuals with high antibodies (high PRA) may benefit from being on wait lists at transplant centers in different OPOs, because they will be matched with donors in both regions."
|Service area includes:||California Transplant Donor Network||Golden State Donor Services|
|Transplant Centers||California Pacific Medical Center|
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
UCSF Medical Center
UC Davis Medical Center
|Individuals||11 million||2.5 million|
|Kidneys recovered for transplant in 2010||444||94|
article published in Fall / Winter 2011Kidney Review newsletter