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Transplantation: supply and demand 

Transplantation: supply and demand
Transplantation: supply and demand

Althea Mahon

, Karen Jenkins

, and Lisa Burnapp

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date: 09 March 2021


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Ethics of organ donation and transplantation

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Allocation of organs

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Transplantation (Tx) is the treatment of choice for suitable patients with end stage kidney disease (ESKD) and the only option for renal replacement therapy (RRT) that avoids dialysis. The first successful kidney transplant was performed in Boston, USA in 1954 between identical twins and the first deceased donor (DD) transplant in the UK was in 1960. Since then, advances in clinical practice have improved outcomes, benefiting thousands of patients. Activity is limited by the availability of suitable organs. All UK transplant activity is monitored and recorded by the Directorate of Organ Donation and Transplantation (ODT) at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). The National Transplant Database provides up-to-date statistics on all aspects of organ donation and Tx....

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