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Some hospitals wary as new liver transplant rules begin

from Medical Xpress

Long-delayed rules that will more broadly share scarce donated livers went into effect Feb. 3, to the dismay of some hospitals in Tennessee, Kansas and other states that fear their patients may lose out. Under the new policy, patients near death within 500 nautical miles (575 miles) of a donor hospital will be offered a matching liver first. If there are no takers, it will be offered next to progressively less sick patients at different distances within that circle. The flip side: Patients that aren't as sick living in areas where there are more organ donors, such as parts of the South and Midwest, likely will wait longer as livers once used locally are shipped to urban centers where the shortage is more severe. more


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