Deceased Donor Transplant
A deceased donor is a person whose family has agreed to donate the organs for transplantation after it has been determined that their loved one has passed. The distribution of deceased donor lung(s) is managed by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), which includes regional agencies and is closely regulated by the United States government. Potential recipients are registered on both national and regional waiting lists through UNOS. Recipients for donor lungs are selected based on a formula that looks at several factors including tissue typing, amount of sensitivity, blood type and time on the waiting list. There are many issues to consider in determining the best donor option for each individual. The transplant team will work with potential candidates in tailoring a plan that best fits each individual’s need.