The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) is a nonprofit organization that facilitates marrow and blood stem cell transplants for patients with life-threatening diseases who do not have matching donors in their families.
The Sadlers go on to recommend that OPOs be measured using “metrics such as the percentage of possible donors who become actual donors and the number of organs transplanted per possible donor,” but in fact, this is already done.
Federal regulation requires OPOs to meet a donation rate that is a percentage of potential donors who become actual donors and a yield metric based on the observed to statistically expected rate of organs transplanted per donor.
NMDP offers a single point of access for all sources of stem cells used in transplantation: marrow, peripheral blood and umbilical cord blood.
To learn more about bone marrow donation, contact NMDP at 800-654-1247 or visit
For more information about cornea donation, please visit Saving Sight or the Kansas Eye Bank.
You or your loved one can give the gift of life to another person by donating a kidney to someone on the waiting list.
Pursuing a wider range of potential donors will be effective only if transplant centers actually use the organs recovered from those donors.
In 2017, 18.9 percent of the kidneys and in total nearly 5,000 deceased donor organs recovered by OPOs were discarded because transplant programs were unwilling to use these organs.
Transplant centers’ behavior and regulatory disincentives that decrease utilization of available organs must be concurrently addressed.
OPOs can recover organs—but transplant centers need to transplant them.