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TERMS AND TOPICS

Allocation—The process of determining how organs are distributed.

Brain Death—Brain death occurs when the brain is totally and irreversibly non-functional. Brain death is caused by not enough blood supply of oxygen which causes the brain cells to die.

Candidate—A patient who has been placed on the National Waiting List for solid organ transplantation.

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The Gap Continues to Widen

Over the past two decades, the gap between the number of patients waiting for a transplant and the number receiving a transplant has continued to widen. The substantial difference between the number of donors and the number of patients waiting for a transplant is one factor that contributes to waiting time from listing to transplant. 

In 1991, there were 6,953 Donors, 15,756 Transplants, and 23,198 Waiting list
In 1992, there were 7,091 Donors, 16,134 Transplants, and 27,563 Waiting list
In 1993, there were 7,766 Donors, 17,631 Transplants, and 31,355 Waiting list
In 1994, there were 8,203 Donors, 18,298 Transplants, and 35,271 Waiting list
In 1995, there were 8,859 Donors, 19,396 Transplants, and 41,203 Waiting list
In 1996, there were 9,222 Donors, 19,765 Transplants, and 46,961 Waiting list
In 1997, there were 9,545 Donors, 20,314 Transplants, and 53,167 Waiting list
In 1998, there were 10,362 Donors, 21,523 Transplants, and 60,381 Waiting list
In 1999, there were 10,869 Donors, 22,026 Transplants, and 67,224 Waiting list
In 2000, there were 11,934 Donors, 23,266 Transplants, and 74,078 Waiting list
In 2001, there were 12,702 Donors, 24,239 Transplants, and 79,524 Waiting list
In 2002, there were 12,821 Donors, 24,910 Transplants, and 80,790 Waiting list
In 2003, there were 13,285 Donors, 25,473 Transplants, and 83,731 Waiting list
In 2004, there were 14,154 Donors, 27,040 Transplants, and 87,146 Waiting list
In 2005, there were 14,497 Donors, 28,118 Transplants, and 90,526 Waiting list
In 2006, there were 14,750 Donors, 28,940 Transplants, and 94,441 Waiting list
In 2007, there were 14,400 Donors, 28,366 Transplants, and 97,670 Waiting list
In 2008, there were 14,207 Donors, 27,964 Transplants, and 100,775 Waiting list
In 2009, there were 14,631 Donors, 28,458 Transplants, and 105,567 Waiting list
In 2010, there were 14,504 Donors, 28,662 Transplants, and 110,375 Waiting list
In 2011, there were 14,149 Donors, 28,539 Transplants, and 112,816 Waiting list
In 2012, there were 14,011 Donors, 28,054 Transplants, and 117,040 Waiting list
In 2013, there were 14,257 Donors, 28,954 Transplants, and 121,272 Waiting list
 


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