June 2005, Volume 35 Number 6 , p 33 - 33
© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(6) June 2005 p 33 Transplants set a record in '04 [Clinical Rounds: NEWS, UPDATES, RESEARCH: ORGAN DONATION]
Surgeons performed a record-breaking 27,025 organ transplants last year. That's a 6% increase from the previous year and the most on record for any single year. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), an increase in donations from brain-dead patients, which increased by 11%, accounted for most of the growth.
In 2004, three organs were transplanted on average from each of 7,153 brain-dead donors. Donations from living organ donors (primarily kidney donors) numbered 6,965, an increase of only 2%. From 2001 through 2003, living donors had outnumbered brain-dead donors.
Many attribute the increase in brain-dead donors to an HHS initiative to share successful techniques ...