Share 35 Expands Donor Pool for Sickest Liver Patients
Dr. Rolf Barth, director of liver transplantation at UMMC, talks about a new federal policy called Share 35, which increases the geographic pool for the sickest patient on the liver transplant wait list. Instead of being confined to using deceased donor liver just within their region, Share 35 enables transplant teams around the country to assess livers in multiple states so that the sickest patient has a greater chance of getting transplanted.
The University of Maryland Liver Center frequently cares for patients with MELD scores over 35, whom this policy was designed to help save. These patients are critically ill, and transplant is often their only treatment option. For these patients and their families, Share 35 offers hope.