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August 1976

Organized Kidney Retrieval on a Regional Basis: A New Approach

Author Affiliations

Larry Kist
From the Nephrology and Transplant Division, Department of Internal Medicine and Surgery, Kansas University College of Health Sciences, Kansas City, Kan (Drs Whittier, Cross, and Pierce); the Veterans Administration Hospital, Kansas City, Mo (Drs Whittier, Cross, and Pierce); and the Midwest Organ Bank, Kansas City, Mo (Drs Whittier, Cross, and Pierce, and Mr Kist).

Arch Surg. 1976;111(8):871-873. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360260039009

• A network of small to medium-sized communities has been developed to increase the supply of cadaveric kidneys for renal allotransplantation. After a training period, community physicians and the community hospitals were designated as members of the transplant team to retrieve kidneys. A threefold increase in the number of cadaveric kidneys has resulted from this project. This mechanism for organized kidney retrieval on a regional basis could be used to augment the supply of cadaveric organs in other areas of the United States.

(Arch Surg 111:871-873, 1976)

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