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Organ DonorsDonor Management: Making the Most of What Is Offered

Steven D. Nathan, MD, FCCP; Christopher S. King, MD, FCCP
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From the Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Clinic, Inova Fairfax Hospital.

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Steven D. Nathan, MD, Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Clinic, Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042; e-mail: steven.nathan@inova.org


FINANCIAL/NONFINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: The authors have reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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Chest. 2015;148(2):303-305. doi:10.1378/chest.15-1269
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A huge imbalance exists between the number of donor organs and the number of patients on the waiting list for the various solid organs, and this shortfall continues to grow. In 2000, 11,917 donors provided organs for 23,248 transplants while 71,628 patients were actively listed for organ transplantation. By 2012, the number of donors had increased to 14,011 (a 17.6% increase), providing organs for 28,503 transplants (a 22.6% increase), but the number of patients listed for transplantation had increased to 117,040 (a 63.4% increase).2 On average, 21 people die every day waiting for a transplant.2

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