Kidney paired donation and the unique challenges of kidney shipment in Canada

Kidney paired donation and the unique challenges of kidney shipment in Canada

Can J Surg 2018;61(2):139-140 | PDF

Thomas McGregor, MD; Alp Sener, MD, PhD; Steven Paraskevas, MD, PhD; Brian Reikie, MD, PhD

Summary

Kidney paired donation (KPD) programs are an effort to bridge the disparity between kidney supply and demand. These programs combine several incompatible donor–recipient pairs in a national paired exchange database, thereby increasing the number of compatible matches. But KPD programs face unique challenges, particularly the large distances that often separate donors and recipients. Here we discuss key factors to consider when transitioning from a donor travelling model to a kidney shipment model in the Canadian context.


Accepted Aug. 14, 2017; Published online Feb. 1, 2018

Affiliation: From the Department of Urology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ont.

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this article and approved the final version for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.008017

Correspondence to: T. McGregor, Department of Urology, Queen’s University, Kingston ON K7L 2V7, mcgregot@kgh.kari.net