Early transplantation for people with kidney failure can lead to better outcomes and extend life expectancy, yet the complexity of the system often means options for expediting the path to transplant are left unexplored.
One of these options is known as multiple listing. It involves registering at two or more transplant centers across the United States. Multiple listing is legal and may shorten the time a person waits for an organ for two key reasons.
One of these reasons is that the matching system considers distance between a donor hospital and a transplant center. Transplant candidates who are closer to the hospital where an organ recovery takes place may be considered ahead of candidates who are farther away from the donor’s location. Distance is important when matching donors to recipients because the less time that passes between an organ recovery and transplant surgery, the better the chance for a successful outcome.
Additionally, multi listing can be beneficial because – due to a variety of factors – some transplant centers have shorter overall wait times than others.
“Being knowledgeable about the national transplant waiting list and what centers have a shorter waiting time can open doors for patients,” says Susan Rees, chief clinical officer at Rejuvenate Kidney Transplant Solutions. “People with kidney failure have options, but it’s a lot of footwork and the information can be hard to find.”
Rejuvenate Kidney Transplant Solutions helps patients get transplanted faster by providing both – the education and the legwork – as part of its individualized approach to serving people with kidney failure.
Rejuvenate’s team uses its expert knowledge of the transplant system to identify the best plan of action for each potential transplant recipient. For some, it may be searching for a living donor. For others, it may be finding a transplant center with a shorter wait time or being multi listed.
As with any transplant listing, individuals who wish to be multi listed must first be evaluated and accepted by a transplant center. Other factors can also come into play, such as whether a person’s insurance plan will cover the cost of the additional evaluations necessary to be multi listed.
“Every patient encounters a variety of obstacles on their way to a kidney transplant,” says Rees. “Our personalized approach helps them understand and break through those barriers.”
Whether you are a benefits manager or someone living with kidney failure, know that Rees and her team have helped expedite the path to transplant for thousands of people. Schedule a call today to learn more about how Rejuvenate can help.