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Assertion from AOPO on Senate Finance Committee Listening to and Report

WASHINGTON, August 04, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On August 3rd, the Senate Finance Committee held a listening to and launched a report entitled: “A System in Want of Restore: Addressing Organizational Failures within the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Community”. We recognize the Finance Committees’ curiosity in bettering the organ donation and transplantation system to maximise the present of life and save extra lives on the transplant ready listing.

The Affiliation of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) shares the Committee’s purpose of making a extra equitable and environment friendly system. The yr 2021 marked the ninth consecutive yr of will increase within the variety of organ transplants and we goal to proceed this upward pattern. To take action, organ procurement organizations (OPOs), donor hospitals, transplant facilities, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Community, and federal businesses should collaborate to implement a cohesive and actionable plan for enchancment.

The Senate Finance Committee shared that 70 individuals died as a result of failures within the donation and transplantation system. Whereas even a single loss of life is unacceptable, it is very important perceive that these occurrences are extraordinarily uncommon – representing .03% of the 231,180 organs transplanted over the indicated 7-year interval. To eradicate all system errors, AOPO welcomes adjustments that enhance the present system, maintain all stakeholders accountable, and keep a patient-centric focus always. AOPO helps the peer-review course of as a invaluable high quality enchancment device to switch data and profitable practices amongst donation and transplant professionals.

As talked about within the report, steps should be taken to deal with operational challenges surrounding organ analysis, restoration, allocation, and transportation. By advancing the expertise, insurance policies, and procedures in these areas, the variety of organs accepted will improve and affected person security will enhance. Nonetheless, these steps alone won’t clear up the organ discard downside that Senate Finance Committee members and witnesses mentioned.

AOPO encourages a sturdy system to hint the reason for each organ discard to raised decide the explanations for organ declines by transplant facilities and develop methods to reduce organ waste and improve organ acceptance. With the discard charge trending upward this yr, that is an pressing challenge that each one donation and transplant stakeholders should clear up for all of the sufferers on the ready listing.

AOPO encourages the Senate Finance Committee to align their suggestions with the proposals outlined within the latest Nationwide Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Drugs (NASEM) report targeted on establishing a extra equitable system. The suggestions are aligned with AOPO’s purpose to realize 50,000 annual organ transplants in 2026 via increasing collaboration with stakeholders, decreasing well being inequities, rising organ utilization, and driving innovation and analysis.

We recognize the Committee’s consideration to this important work and stand able to work with Congress and the Administration to pursue the day when each donation alternative ends in lives saved.

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