United network of organ sharing (UNOS)

United network of organ sharing (UNOS)?

UNOS is the nonprofit, scientific and educational organization that administrates over the United States national organ registry known as the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). UNOS originated as an initiative of The South-Eastern Organ Procurement Foundation (SEOPF) in 1977. SEOPF was the first organization to develop a computerized system that used medical information to match potential organ donors and recipients. SEOPF started the Kidney Center in 1982, which evolved into UNOS. The National Organ Transplant Act was passed in 1984 by the US Congress and established the OPTN. UNOS was appointed administrator for OPTN and continues in this role today. UNOS is involved in multiple aspects of organ transplantation and donation, including managing the wait list, matching donors and recipients, maintaining the US national organ transplant database, policy development, ensuring adherence to organ allocation policies, and providing organ transplantation education for the general public and medical professionals. The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) does an annual data collection for kidney transplants across the United States, which is available online at www.ustransplant.org .


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