Organ donation and transplantation rates grew significantly last year, continuing a recent trend of annual increases, reports the Health Resources & Services Administration. Nearly 29,000 transplant operations were performed, and the number of deceased donors topped 8,000 in 2006, according to preliminary data announced April 16 by HRSA. The figures represent record high numbers in both categories.
HRSA said 28,923 organ transplant operations were performed nationwide last year, up from 28,112 in 2005. HRSA also reported that the number of deceased donors in 2006 increased 5.6% over the previous year.
Kidney transplants were the most common procedure, with a record 17,084 performed last year. In addition, 6,650 liver transplants were performed in 2006 – also a record. The preliminary data were complied for HRSA by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, which is operated by the United Network for Organ Sharing.
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