Organ procurement organization
In the United States, an organ procurement organization (OPO) is a non-profit organization that is responsible for the evaluation and procurement of deceased-donor organs for organ transplantation. There are 58 such organizations in the United States, each responsible for organ procurement in a specific region, and each a member of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), a federally mandated network created by and overseen by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). The individual OPOs represent the front-line of organ procurement, having direct contact with the hospital and the family of the recently deceased donor. Once the OPO receives the consent of the decedent's family, it works with UNOS to identify the best candidates for the available organs, and coordinates with the surgical team for each organ recipient.
OPOs are also charged with educating the public to increase awareness of and participation in the organ donation process.
List of organ procurement organizationsEdit
All organ procurement organizations in the United States are members, by law, of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (administered by the United Network for Organ Sharing, and are also members of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations. Many of the OPOs are also members of Donate Life America. Some OPOs are affiliated with hospitals and are not considered independent.
- "About OPOs". Association of Organ Procurement Organizations.
- Comparini, Gina (2003). "Organ Procurement Organizations". New Media. University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
- "Organ Procurement Organizations". ogandonor.gov. Archived from the original on 2012-02-01.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)