Organ Transplant Waiting Time on Rise

Organ Transplant Waiting Time on RiseAccording to the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), waiting time for an organ transplant has risen in the past few years. The NHSBT found that patients who require an organ transplant have to wait for an average of three years for a suitable donor.

NHSBT has said that the average waiting time for an adult donor kidney which accounts for 85% per cent of all transplant operations has increased from 995 days in the five-year period between 2002 and 2006 to 1191 days in
2005-09.

The NHSBT has also revealed that for kids, the waiting time has risen from 241 days to 354 days during the same period. The average waiting time for an adult non-urgent heart has elevated from 109 days to 184 days and for a lung, it has increased from 416 days to 511 days. For an adult liver, average waiting time has increased from 113 to 138 days.

Sally Johnson, Director for Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHSBT, said that the rising number of people on the organ donor register could not meet the growing need for organs. She said that around 29% of the population is on the organ donor register but only one in every 200 will be a suitable donor.
 

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