Swedish and Oregon Health & Science University celebrate historic milestone in honor of National Donate Life Month
SEATTLE, April 27, 2015 – Organ donor networks are turning to local communities to save lives through multiple organ exchanges. Swedish and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) today announced the Pacific Northwest Regional Kidney Paired Exchange Program’s first three-way kidney transplant, which saved the lives of three patients. Six surgical procedures, four at Swedish and two at OHSU, involving more than 30 medical professionals were performed in a single day.
The paired exchange is the result of a regional partnership between Swedish, Virginia Mason, Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane and Oregon Health & Science University. The organizations are participating in a clinical trial, sponsored by BiologicTx, to examine how regional paired exchange may improve kidney transplant rates for patients in the Northwest.