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Probation For Program That Transplanted Infected Kidney

Wed, 11/23/2011 - 3:59am

PITTSBURGH — The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the United Network for Organ Sharing have placed the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's transplant program on probation for up to a year because a living female donor had hepatitis when her kidney was transplanted into her male partner.

UPMC's transplant chief, Dr. Abhi Humar, says UPMC used to have two layers of precautions to ensure a transplant recipient couldn't get a disease from a donor, but now uses a seven-step process.

UNOS will monitor UPMC's adherence to the new procedures during the probationary period. Humar says that oversight won't delay patient access to transplants or other services.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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