– More competition between medical centers that perform liver
transplants may mean sicker patients get lower-quality donor organs,
according to a U.S. study.
When more than one center has
patients on the same donor list, the centers have an incentive to get
organs for as many of their own patients as possible, wrote researchers,
whose report appeared in Liver Transplantation.
doctors are more likely to take the first available organ when their
patient is at the top of the transplant list, whether or not that
pairing has the best chance to succeed, rather than risk the organ will
go to another center.