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Retrospective Data Review

Are we using all available donor lungs? Are there changes we can make to improve access to hearts for NYers? NYCTC members and NYS OPOs are sharing retrospective data to ensure the best use of all available organs, maximizing opportunities for their patients. The members and OPOs agreed to participate in a retrospective data collection project, reviewing 2010 and 2011 data. The goal of the project is to study patterns of organ acceptance and turndowns in NYS. Some key considerations were to use a data-driven review process which would allow us to test whether the centers are following best practices, to identify opportunities to increase local organ recovery, and to determine if NY centers could be more aggressive in their acceptance practices or if they are being appropriately selective.