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OPTN 2020 Data Reveals Increase of Six Percent for Organ Donation from Deceased Donors


The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) has released the 2020 donation and transplantation results, highlighting a record trend for deceased organ donation and deceased donor transplants.

According to the OPTN news release, “In 2020, for the tenth year in a row, organ donation from deceased donors in the United States set an all-time record. A total of 12,587 people provided one or more organs to save and enhance the lives of others, representing an increase of six percent over 2019, according to preliminary data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.”

The release also highlighted the progress made in DCD transplants; “the 3,223 donors after cardiorespiratory death (DCD donors) increased by 18.6 percent over the total in 2019.”  Due to COVID-19 implications, the number of living donors decreased but the projections pre-pandemic provide good indicators for the future.

The Alliance commends the tireless lifesaving efforts of the donation and transplantation professional community, and we extend our gratitude to the generous donors and their families who make the gift of life possible.

We encourage community members to review the 2020 data sets that support these positive insights.

Additional information can be found on the OPTN website listed:

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