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Proposed Kidney Allocation Policy Interpreted, part II

It’s election time again, which means 12 hour days training precinct election officials to keep the election safe and sound. But here’s a quickie…

 

(See Part I…)

 

Current:

Kidneys are allocated to candidates who are blood type identical to the donor when the donor has blood type O or blood type B.

The Problem:

Not all blood types are compatible with each other, and certain blood types are more rare than others. This means certain folks have longer wait times and/or a harder time obtaining a compatible kidney.

The Proposal:

Candidates with blood type B who meet defined clinical criteria will be eligible to accept kidneys from donors with blood type A2 or A2B. Otherwise, it’s still all about identical blood types for O or B.

 

 

The Problem:

Some would-be recipients, especially those who’ve had prior transplants, are more apt to reject a donor organ (sensitization).

Current:

A would-be recipient who tests at 80% or higher sensitivity, meaning that 80% or more of organs will be incompatible, receive 4 points of priority. Local candidates are prioritized over those with lower scores. [note: This is the same priority given to living kidney donors who find themselves in need of their own kidney transplant. It translates into approximately a year of wait time. ]

Proposal:

Those who score 20% or more will be given priority on a sliding scale.

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