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Organs: Donors

Health written question – answered on 7th July 2014.

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Photo of Lilian Greenwood Lilian Greenwood Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what proportion of lungs retrieved from donors are transplanted into recipients;

(2) what proportion of kidneys retrieved from donors are transplanted into recipients;

(3) what proportion of hearts retrieved from donors are transplanted into recipients;

(4) what proportion of livers retrieved from donors are transplanted into recipients.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

It is the responsibility of the transplanting surgeon to decide whether or not to accept a donor organ for transplant. This decision may be made both before retrieval and at retrieval, or occasionally at allocation. The following table shows those organs retrieved and subsequently transplanted over the last five years.

Percentage of organs retrieved that were subsequently transplanted
Percentage
Organ   DBD1 DCD2 Total deceased donors
Lung 2013-14 93 85 92
  2012-13 92 79 90
  2011-12 96 90 95
  2010-11 90 85 89
  2009-10 85 77 84
         
Kidney 2013-14 94 87 91
  2012-13 93 82 88
  2011-12 93 87 91
  2010-11 94 85 91
  2009-10 93 87 91
         
Heart 2013-14 97 - 97
  2012-13 100 - 100
  2011-12 100 - 100
  2010-11 97 - 97
  2009-10 98 - 98
         
Liver 2013-14 95 70 89
  2012-13 91 74 87
  2011-12 92 74 88
  2010-11 92 69 88
  2009-10 93 73 89
1 Donors who died after brain death 2 Donors who died after circulatory death Source: NHS Blood and Transplant

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