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Once donation has been authorized, SHSC staff work closely with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to identify recipients who are the greatest match for the organs available. This takes into consideration body size, blood type, length of time on the waiting list and a number of other key factors.
Once recipients have been identified, SHSC staff work with individual transplant centers all across the country to facilitate the gift of life. This includes providing a clear clinical picture of the patient’s medical history and organ function, coordinating transportation logistics of the transplant teams and managing the operating room during the recovery surgery.
Here, AOPO helps break down how the organ donation process works and the intricacies involved in ensuring every person on the waitlist receives their gift of life.