Kidney Transplant Candidates May Consider Multiple Listing
Kidney transplant candidates may consider multiple listing, or being placed on the wait list at more than one kidney transplant center, to help improve their chances of being matched with a donor organ. Multiple listing can potentially reduce the amount of time a candidate spends waiting for a kidney, especially if he or she:
- Has a rare blood type or another complication that prevents them from being a match for most donor kidneys
- Lives in a highly populated area that traditionally has a higher number of kidney transplant candidates than donors
- Lives near a kidney transplant center that shares donor organs with a number of other local hospitals or has a typically higher than average time to transplant (these two factors are often correlated)
To be placed on multiple waiting lists, a patient will need to be referred by a physician to each program separately and will need to undergo an evaluation at each center. After the evaluation, the transplant center will notify the patient about his or her eligibility and listing status. At Tampa General Hospital, our kidney transplant program historically performs a high volume of kidney transplants every year. Also, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), which tracks wait times and outcomes for every transplant center in the country, TGH typically has wait times that are shorter than the national average. Our ability to find suitable organs for a high number of our transplant candidates, along with our commitment to multidisciplinary transplant care, has made us one of the top kidney transplant programs in the nation. Double listing with TGH could possibly help a patient receive a suitable organ more quickly. Our kidney transplant team can facilitate multiple listing requests for patients who meet our transplant criteria.
To learn more, contact the transplant coordinator toll free at 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the kidney transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686. Physicians can find the referral forms for our kidney transplant program here.