Improving organ procurement travel practices in the United States: Proceedings from the Michigan donor travel forum

M. J. Englesbe, S. Shah, J. A. Cutler, R. Africano, R. Lynch, M. Seely, R. Hasz, M. L. Sweeney, J. Roberts, R. M. Merion

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There are significant risks and inefficiencies associated with organ procurement travel. In an effort to identify, quantify, and define opportunities to mitigate these risks and inefficiencies, 25 experts from the transplantation, transportation and insurance fields were convened. The forum concluded that: on procurement travel practices are inadequate, there is wide variation in the quality of aero-medical transportation, current travel practices for organ procurement are inefficient and there is a lack of standards for organ procurement travel liability coverage. The forum concluded that the transplant community should require that air-craft vendors adhere to industry quality standards compatible with the degree of risk in their mission profiles. Within this context, a purchasing collaborative within the transplant community may offer opportunities for improved service and safety with lower costs. In addition, changes in travel practices should be considered with broader sharing of procurement duties across centers. Finally, best practice standards should be instituted for life insurance for transplant personnel and liability insurance for providers. Overall, the aims of these proposals are to raise procurement travel standards and in doing so, to improve the transplantation as a whole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-463
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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