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Organ Transplant Data

September 9, 1999

Today, key information about U.S. organ transplant centers, including patient survival rates, will be made available on the Internet at the website of the United Network for Organ Sharing, the organization that runs the organ allocation system for the U.S. government.

  • The UNOS national database is searchable by type of organ, geographic region and individual hospital.
  • It shows the number on the waiting list -- which is 65,300 nationwide -- how many organs have been transplanted and how many people die waiting.
  • Also included are the demographics of the waiting list, including blood type, how fast patients get their organs and how sick they are when they get them.

Critics say making this data available is a first step, but the information is incomplete, since it does not give such key facts as how sick patients are who die waiting.

Source: Robert Davis, "National Transplant Statistics Go On Line," USA Today, September 9, 1999.


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