A new policy for distributing livers for transplant
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The way that livers are distributed for transplant in the U.S. underwent a shift last month, with the aim of better matching available organs with those in the greatest medical need.
Dr. Catherine Frenette, medical director of the liver transplantation program at Scripps Clinic visited Good Morning San Diego to discuss the new policy.
It’s an important development, since livers available for transplant are in critically short supply. In the U.S., close to 14,000 people were on the waiting list for a liver transplant in 2017 – but only about 8,000 liver transplants were performed that same year, according to Scripps.