Investigators Reveal National Decline in Donor Heart Utilization with Regional Variability

Researchers who analyzed data for all potential adult cardiac organ donors in the US between 1995 and 2010 found that 34% were accepted and 48% were declined (with 18% used for other purposes). Donor heart acceptance decreased from 44% in 1995 to 29% in 2006, then increased slightly to 32% in 2010. Older donor age, female sex, and medical comorbidities predicted non-acceptance. Age and comorbidities increased over time, with a concomitant decrease in acceptance from donors with undesirable characteristics. The American Journal of Transplantation analysis found that predictors of non-use were similar across the country, but utilization varied among regions. 

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Researchers who analyzed data for all potential adult cardiac organ donors in the US between 1995 and 2010 found that 34% were accepted and 48% were declined (with 18% used for other purposes). Donor heart acceptance decreased from 44% in 1995 to 29% in 2006, then increased slightly to 32% in 2010. Older donor age, female sex, and medical comorbidities predicted non-acceptance. Age and comorbidities increased over time, with a concomitant decrease in acceptance from donors with undesirable characteristics. The American Journal of Transplantation analysis found that predictors of non-use were similar across the country, but utilization varied among regions.