Nearly 3,000 kidneys harvested for organ donation are being discarded in spite of thousands of people die waiting for the right kidney for transplantation.
Recent figures reveal that 2,600 to 2,800 kidneys harvested from deceased donors for organ donation were discarded as they were believed to have problems.
AdvertisementHowever experts say that at least half that number of kidneys could be saved if the system that allocates the kidney improved to match the right kidney to the right recipient at the right time.
Experts say that the current matching process is not efficient as it is based on an outdated matching program and inconclusive tests. "The hardest decision we make in deceased organ transplant is whether to accept a given organ for a given patient. It's all odds, based on information that is incomplete at best", Dr Gabriel Danovitch, the medical director of the kidney transplant program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said.