July 22, 2019
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Kidney Accelerated Placement Project adopts NKF approach to reduce kidney discards

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The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network has launched the Kidney Accelerated Placement Project, which will implement recommendations from a National Kidney Foundation report in an effort to decrease the number of kidneys discarded, according to a press release.

The report, published in October 2018, is the first systemic nationwide approach suggested to achieve this goal and provides 14 recommendations.

The Kidney Accelerated Placement Project will specifically focus on determining if accelerating the placement of “hard-to-place” kidneys can increase their utilization, according to the release.

“When reviewing both the president’s executive order on Advancing American Kidney Health and the new [Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network] OPTN’s Kidney Accelerated Placement Project [KAPP], it is important to appreciate the role that the NKF and the foundation’s sponsored Kidney Discard Conference had in both influence and structure,” Matthew Cooper, MD, co-chair of the NKF Consensus Conference, director of kidney and pancreas transplant at Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute and professor of surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine, said in the release. “One of the primary recommendations of that Discard Conference was the creation of an expedited placement pathway to directly offer organs at risk of discard to a small subset of centers that opt in to accepting these organs. Centers must sustain high rates of acceptance to continue to receive these offers. The OPTN’s KAPP project is the realization of that NKF recommendation.”

The entire Report of National Kidney Foundation Consensus Conference to Decrease Kidney Discards can be found here.