- •Rates of U.S. donor heart acceptance declined significantly from 31% acceptance in quarter 3 of 2018 to 26% acceptance in quarter 3 of 2021.
- •Organs with certain high-risk features, such as anoxia or heavy alcohol use, are now more likely to be declined.
- •This aligns with several other practice changes following the 2018 donor allocation policy changes.
- •Wait times may be further reduced by continuing to understand which marginal donor hearts and donor risk factors can be used safely.
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