Once the donor has been evaluated and deemed transplantable, the donor family is approached for education and consent.
If consent is obtained a match run list is given by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS). The match run list is an organ-specific ranking list that shows the patient’s name and what center they belong to. This is the organ allocation list; each organ has its own allocation system as well. This process will be discussed at length during your evaluation by the procurement coordinators.
The OPO begins making organ offers at the top of the list by notifying the centers. Each center has a designated 24-hour call person to take the offer. A surgeon will make the ultimate decision to accept or decline an offer.
If the organ is accepted, the organ procurement coordinators will notify the families and hospital staff. The procurement coordinators will accompany a surgeon and assist with organ procurement.
Upon returning to Lurie Children’s, the organ procurement coordinators will be a means of communication between the operating room and the recipient family.