From the Surgery Blog by Jennifer Heisler, RN
Surgery and Transplant News: The Ohio State University Hospitals Closes Lung Transplant Program and What Transplant Patients Need To Know About Transplant Centers
So, what does this mean for you? If you are a patient waiting for an organ transplant, there are important questions you need to ask the transplant center. Otherwise, you may find yourself waiting for a transplant that performs very few surgeries. For example, the Ohio State program did one lung transplant last year and two this year. At that rate, the 15 people waiting at Ohio State could have waited 8 years or longer for a transplant. Contrast that with the Cleveland Clinic which, on average, performs a lung transplant every three days. Certainly, there are more people on the waiting list at the Cleveland Clinic, but the odds of getting a transplant more quickly are much higher.
So, back to those question you should be asking, regardless of what organ you are waiting for.
1) How many people are on your waiting list?
2) How many transplants do you perform a year? What is your average for the last 5 years?
What is your one year survival rate? (It doesn't matter how many they perform if people aren't surviving the surgery!) and finally
Should I consider being listed at multiple centers? That last question may be one you have to answer for yourself, after weighing the costs and benefits, but your transplant center should be able to help provide you with essential information you need to make your decision.
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