There are over 100,000 Chronic Kidney Disease patients waiting for a Kidney Transplant according to the United Network Of Organ Sharing (UNOS), the non-profit organization that manages the U.S. organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. The National Kidney Foundation shared 2 very unfortunate facts: "Every 20 minutes someone is added to the kidney transplant list," and "14 people die each day while waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant."
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A study conducted by the American Journal of Transplantation recently identified regions in the United States where Chronic Kidney Disease patients in need of a Kidney Transplant have the longest wait times. You should know that the United States is divided into 18 distinct Kidney Transplant regions. In this study wait time was determined by ratios (the lower the number, the longer the wait time).
Where do you think the longest wait time would be found; New York - Network 2, California (Los Angeles or San Francisco) - Network 18 and 17 respectively? Well, you may be surprised to learn that the longest wait times were found in the Southeast - Network 6. The shortest wait times were found to be in New England - Network 1 .
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Are you surprised? Here is another shocker, while a variety of factors contribute to disparities in wait time, short wait times were associated with "more patients who used Peritoneal Dialysis rather than Hemodialysis." Other factors associated with shorter wait times were facility staff members, more area transplant centers, and a higher percentage of employed patients. On the other-hand, Diabetics generally waited longer on the Kidney Transplant List. Additional factors which also attributed to longer wait times were For-Profit status of Dialysis facilities, facilities with a higher percentage of African-American patients, and patients with no health insurance.
The study's Lead Author Rachel Patzer, Assistant Professor of Surgery (Emory University School of Medicine) said, “Understanding these modifiable factors should help us develop better interventions to improve access to transplantation.” She also suggests that improved patient education about the transplant process could potentially help to increase rates of Kidney Transplantation. For more information on Kidney Transplant Regions click here.
What's more, KidneyBuzz.com has a major LIVE Webinar event called, "A Master Class: How Dialysis Patients Can Get Their Kidney Transplant Faster." The webinar will include some of the most impressive presenters such as: Eddie Beatrice (received a Kidney Transplant Online within 90 minutes), Archie Graham (5 time Kidney Transplant recipient), Kelly Wright (Kidney Donor who donated after only 90 minutes of meeting a Kidney Patient), and Harvey Mysel (expert who recently organized a 3-way Kidney Exchange with 6 people). Stay tuned for more details and dates for the event which will be coming soon.
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