If you need a paired exchange, you are likely unaware of The Conundrum
Imagine the frustration of having a kidney donor who is willing and healthy enough to donate but they are not compatible with you. Almost half of all potential kidney donors are not compatible with their intended recipient.
As a result of medical technology, paired exchanges, (also called swaps or chains), allow these incompatible donors to help their intended recipient by donating to another recipient who also has an incompatible donor. Paired exchanges have revolutionized kidney transplants.
Unlike the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney, there isn’t one national paired exchange program that lists all incompatible pairs. There are many lists of incompatible pairs. Here are the different types of paired exchange programs that have developed:
Here’s a list of the three “co-op” organizations: (National Kidney Registry is doing more paired exchanges than the other two groups.)
Alliance affiliated centers
National Kidney Registry
What You Should Know and Action You Can Take
You should ask if your hospital is involved with other paired exchange programs and whether they share all of their incompatible pairs with that organization. Some hospitals will keep the pairs that are easy to match and offer the more difficult pairs to their exchange member(s). This is not an efficient way of maximizing paired exchange programs.
Here’s what you can do to maximize your chances of being matched with another incompatible pair:
Registering with different paired exchange programs may not be easy, but it will increase the odds of being matched with another incompatible pair.
If you have questions about paired exchanges, email or call LKDN to speak with someone to get your questions answered.
For a more detailed description of Paired exchanges click here or go to: www.LKDN.org/LKDN_Paired_Exchanges.pdf
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