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118 Are organs allocated based on race?




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This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by mike_holloway@hotmail.com (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.

118 Are organs allocated based on race?

Question:
Are organs allocated based on race?

Answer:

When an organ procurement organization ("OPO") places a person on the
UNOS waiting list race is a part of the information that is collected by
UNOS. They use this information to develop and evaluate allocation
policies and for research purposes. They also collect other information
on the potential recipients such as lab values and the duration of their
illness. Only the donor coordinator knows the organ donor's race until
the follow-up information is submitted to UNOS a month later.

Race does not play a part WHAT SO EVER in the allocation of organs. If a
donor's family stated that they only want their loved one's organs to be
transplanted into a person of a particular race, the OPO would tell them
that they could not guarentee this and would decline to proceed with the
donation under those terms. Every effort would be made to have the family
agree to allocate their loved one's organs by current UNOS policy. UNOS
has made great efforts to ensure a fair allocation system, one that does
not look at a person's heritage, sex, social status, or race.

Steve Emery (organ procurement coordinator), Iowa Statewide Organ
Procurement Organization
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