aEligible deaths include any individuals with a heartbeat meeting or imminently meeting death by neurologic criteria and aged 70 years or younger who have not been diagnosed with exclusionary medical conditions.
bAt least one organ recovered for transplantation from deceased donors who meet the definition of an eligible death.
cExcludes additional donors (Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients analysis, May 2004).
dAt least one organ recovered for transplantation from deceased donors that do not meet the definition of an eligible death.
SOURCE: HRSA and SRTR (2005).
TABLE 1-2 Deceased Organ Donors, Potential Versus Actual
aData provided by OPTN-UNOS as of September 8, 2005 (see Chapter 5, Table 5-2) include an additional 17 DCDD donors in 2003 with unknown circumstances of death.
bEstimate of annual out-of-hospital cardiac arrest deaths meeting criteria for uncontrolled DCDD (see Chapter 5).
cOPTN data indicate that most of the uncontrolled DCDDs were Maastricht Category IV deaths.
dBased on 2003 data on eligible donors (Table 1-1; HRSA and SRTR, 2005; see also Guadagnoli et al., 2003; Sheehy et al., 2003 for estimates ranging from 10,500 to 16,800 potential donors with neurologic determination of death).
Transplant recipients probably know best the real value of increasing the numbers of donated organs: an extended lifetime, improved quality of life, and a chance to resume activities that would have been precluded without a transplant. A 10-year overall increase in life expectancy is reported for kidney transplant recipients compared with the life expectancy