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Tuesday, November 3, 2015   (0 Comments)
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New Training Module Available to Educate Professionals and Patients about Kidney Allocation Changes

The national kidney allocation system (KAS) will be changing effective December 4, 2014. UNOS’s new KAS training module is our latest available tool to help educate both transplant professionals and patients waiting for a kidney transplant about the upcoming changes. Transplant professionals can use this module as a guide to talk to their patients about the upcoming changes and patients can also access it themselves to learn more about how the changes will impact them directly.

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Program title: Introduction to the New Kidney Allocation System

Background: The current kidney matching system has helped tens of thousands of people get successful transplants. But there are ways it can be further improved. One issue was that some kidney recipients have not received a kidney that works as long as they may need. Another issue was that some patients must wait much longer than others for a kidney due to their blood type or their immune response to most available kidneys. The revised system’s primary goal was to make the system better without making major changes to the parts of the system that work well. The new system is expected to help more people have longer function with their transplanted kidney as well as to shorten the waiting time for some groups of kidney patients who often wait a very long time because they are hard to match with most kidneys.

Program Objectives: After completing this training module, you will be able to:

Describe changes to the kidney allocation system
Explain how system changes will impact kidney patients registered for transplant
Locate additional resources on kidney allocation policy
Audience: Kidney patients currently registered on the kidney transplant waiting list and kidney patients that will be registered for a kidney transplant after KAS is implemented.

Visit the OPTN and Transplant Pro websites for more relevant KAS instruction and materials.

Transplant Program Performance Monitoring Webinar

The Sept. 23 webinar describing Bayesian method for assessing transplant program performance has been recorded and archived for later reference. The webinar provided additional information about the adoption of Bayesian methodology, compared it to previous methods of analysis, and summarized the likely impact of the new methodology on transplant programs with differing level of transplant volume.

Access webinar recording

View webinar slides

Visit the OPTN and Transplant Pro websites for more relevant quality-related instruction and materials.

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