The waiting time for an organ has increased dramatically as the demand for livers far outweighs the supply. Because of the high risk of death for patients with end-stage liver disease while waiting on the list, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has developed a scoring system based on several factors, the most important is severity of illness. Other factors include blood type, the number of other patients listed within the local area and the region. Source: Unos.com
The MELD (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) score was developed by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) to determine the severity of the disease for patients waiting on a liver transplant. The MELD score ranges from 6 to 40 - with the most gravely ill patients having the highest numbers. Race, sex or ethnic background play no role in determining allocation of organs. A person’s spot on the waiting list depends on the availability of organs, the patient’s blood type and medical urgency as reflected by their MELD score.
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