Organ procurement center allows for daytime liver transplantation with less resource utilization: May address burnout, pipeline, and safety for field of transplantation

Jessica Lindemann, Leigh Anne Dageforde, Diane Brockmeier, Neeta Vachharajani, Meranda Scherer, William Chapman, Maria B.Majella Doyle

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Abstract

Abdominal organ transplantation faces several challenges: burnout, limited pipeline of future surgeons, changes in liver allocation potentially impacting organ procurement travel, and travel safety. The organ procurement center (OPC) model may be one way to mitigate these issues. Liver transplants from 2009 to 2016 were reviewed. There were 755 liver transplants performed with 525 OPC and 230 in-hospital procurements. The majority of transplants (87.4%) were started during daytime hours (5 am-7 pm). Transplants with any portion occurring after-hours were more likely to have procurements in-hospital (P <.001). Daytime cases (n = 400) had more OPC procured livers and hepatitis C recipients and were less likely to have a donation after circulatory death donor (all P <.05). In adjusted analyses, daytime cases were independently associated with extubation in the operating room and less postoperative transfusion. There were no significant differences in short- or long-term postoperative outcomes. For exported livers, 54.3% were procured by a local team, saving 137 flights (151 559 miles). The OPC resulted in optimally timed liver transplants and decreased resource utilization with no negative impact on patient outcomes. It allows for ease in exporting organs procured by local surgeons, and potentially addresses provider burnout, the transplant surgery pipeline, and surgeon travel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1296-1304
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Volume19
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2019

Keywords

  • clinical research/practice
  • donors and donation: donor evaluation
  • editorial/personal viewpoint
  • education
  • liver transplantation/hepatology
  • organ procurement
  • organ procurement and allocation
  • organ procurement organization
  • organ transplantation in general

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