Multiple Listing for Kidney Transplant Candidates
Multiple listing is an option that kidney transplant candidates can consider to potentially shorten the amount of time it might take to be matched with a donor kidney. Transplant centers in different geographical regions are served by different organ procurement organizations, and by registering at multiple transplant centers, a patient can be considered for more potential donor kidneys.
The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network does not limit the number of transplant centers that a patient can be listed with at any given time. However, a patient must meet each transplant center’s candidate criteria and complete a separate evaluation process for each center. A patient will also need to:
Immediately travel to the center for the transplant in the event that an organ does become available. The sooner the donor kidney can be transplanted, the more likely the procedure is to be successful.
Remain within driving distance of the transplant center for several weeks of follow-up visits. In certain situations, a patient can be transferred to a center closer to his or her home for post-transplant monitoring, but most patients will be monitored by their transplant team for several weeks before being permitted to return home.
At Tampa General Hospital, we accept patients into our kidney transplant program who are already on another center’s transplant list, provided that they meet the criteria for admittance into our program. We evaluate every patient on an individual basis, using the information provided on a physician-submitted Kidney and Pancreas Transplant referral form, as well as other factors.
We have a robust partnership with one of the most successful organ procurement organizations in the state, and our average time to transplant is just 24.6 months, according to the latest Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients data released in July 2015, which is well below the national average of more than 72 months.
And, because our transplant team has extensive experience and takes a comprehensive approach to transplant care, our kidney transplantation survival rates consistently meet or exceed statistical expectations.
For more information about dual listing kidney transplantation at Tampa General Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program, contact our transplant coordinator toll free at 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the kidney transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.