Articles  |   September 2019
Recent Developments in Kidney Transplantation of Relevance for Anesthesiologists
Author Affiliations
  • Geraldine C. Diaz, D.O.
    Committee on Transplant Anesthesia
  • Evan G. Pivalizza, M.B.Ch.B., FFASA
    Chair, Committee on Transplant Anesthesia
    Committee on Patient Blood Management
Article Information
Renal and Urinary Systems / Electrolyte Balance / Articles
Articles   |   September 2019
Recent Developments in Kidney Transplantation of Relevance for Anesthesiologists
ASA Monitor 9 2019, Vol.83, 44-45.
ASA Monitor 9 2019, Vol.83, 44-45.
Kidney transplantation (KT) is curative for end-stage renal disease and is the most frequently performed transplant procedure (>21,000/annually). Despite 2018 being a record year for donation, deceased donor organ supply remains well short of the >94,000 patients active on the KT waitlist.1  For anesthesiologists caring for KT recipients, the landscape is rapidly changing with respect to allocation policies and perioperative care strategies. The more significant changes are briefly summarized below.
To reduce disparity and improve utilization of deceased donor (DD) kidneys, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) introduced the new Kidney Allocation System (KAS) in 2014.2  Anesthesiologists caring for KT recipients should be aware of adjustments of KT priority and implications for perioperative care.3 
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