Organ utilisation evidence

Organ Utilisation

The term ‘organ utilisation’ can be defined as ‘the action of making practical and effective use of organs from identified potential deceased donors’. We endeavour to ensure that organs which have been offered are used as safely and effectively as possible and aim to reduce any inappropriate instances of organ decline.

This concept is becoming increasingly important over recent years with changing donor demographics, and our efforts to realise the full potential for organ implantation in the UK can be found in the Taking Organ Utilisation to 2020 strategy.

We believe making informed decisions using a robust evidence base is imperative. Below is an educational resource which we hope will be useful to members of the transplant community, listing recent publications encompassed by the broad umbrella term of ‘organ utilisation’.

This list of reviews and original articles has been generated using a search on the PubMed public search engine in November 2019 using the following criteria:

  • UK data
  • Dating from the year 2000 onwards
  • Related to utilisation of deceased donor organs, or to the wait listing of recipients for deceased donor organ transplantation
  • Liver, kidney, pancreas or islet transplantation (or combinations thereof)
  • Clinical reports or studies

We do not promote or endorse any of the papers identified and individual critical appraisal of any papers is required.

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NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has attempted to index the widest possible range of literature on this topic and we have therefore not made editorial decisions to exclude any of the indexed papers, which we understand have undergone peer review prior to publication. Having taken this inclusive approach, NHSBT does not promote or endorse any of the papers identified and individual critical appraisal of each paper is required.

NHSBT cannot attest to the accuracy, completeness or currency of the information contained within each of the indexed papers and does not accept any responsibility or liability for any loss or damage caused to any practitioner or third party as a result of any reliance placed on the indexed papers.