A Re-evaluation of Discarded Deceased Donor Kidneys in the UK: Are Usable Organs Still Being Discarded?

Shruti Mittal, Anna Adamusiak, Catherine Horsfield, Ioannis Loukopoulos, Nikolaos Karydis, Nicos Kessaris, Martin Drage, Jonathon Olsburgh, Christopher Watson & Chris J Callaghan
BACKGROUND: A significant proportion of procured deceased donor kidneys are subsequently discarded. The UK Kidney Fast-Track Scheme (KFTS) was introduced in 2012, enabling kidneys at risk of discard to be simultaneously offered to participating centers. We undertook an analysis of discarded kidneys to determine if unnecessary organ discard was still occurring since the KFTS was introduced. METHODS: Between April and June 2015, senior surgeons independently inspected 31 consecutive discarded kidneys from throughout the United Kingdom....
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