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The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has approved a new organ distribution system for patients awaiting heart transplants.
Scheduled to go into effect later this year, the system establishes 3 medical urgency status levels that evaluate prospective transplant patients more objectively. The most urgent level, status 1A, includes critically ill patients who require continuous inotropic drug therapy or mechanical assistance and have a life expectancy of less than a month without a transplant.
Voelker R. Donor Organ Distribution. JAMA. 1998;280(8):687. doi:10.1001/jama.280.8.687-JQU80005-3-1