In this new study, researchers looked at the number of deceased organ donors offered at kidney transplant centers between 2004 and 2014 during this period, 156,089 kidneys were donated; 128,102 were transplanted; 27,987 were discarded. This means that over 1
Since the end of the 2014 study period, the number of discarded kidneys has increased. In 2016, 3631 donated kidneys – about 20% – were discarded, according to researchers.
In comparison, in France only about 9% of donated kidneys were discarded during the study period. The difference was because in France doctors were more likely to use older kidneys and kidneys than people suffering from other conditions such as diabetes or hypertension.
Research finds that new approaches to treating complications from donated organs make transplantation Even lower organ quality, better than dialysis, but US policies have not kept pace.
There are guidelines, but there is no one universally applied method to determine which kidneys will be transplanted and which kidneys will be discarded.