Germany’s organ procurement body wants powers to run donation process

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 20 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b206
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

    Germany’s national organ procurement organisation is demanding more power after a decline of almost 9% in organ donation in 2008.

    About 12 000 patients are waiting for a transplant in Germany, and dialysis patients often have to wait 5-6 years for a new kidney.

    The national organ body, Deutsche Stiftung Organtransplantation (DSO), says that the decline is partly because of the indifference of hospitals to transplantation—they are meant to register potential donors, but often …

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