TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The University of Toledo Medical Center has voluntarily suspended its living kidney donor transplant services. The deceased donor transplant program and all related services will still be maintained.
UTMC said in a statement after a recent event failed to meet their commitment of high standards, they have decided to voluntarily suspend the living kidney donor transplant services as of Aug. 10.
Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, Chancellor and Executive Vice President for Biosciences and Health Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine at UTMC says a kidney was compromised during a transplant from a living donor on August 10. The loss of the kidney has lead UTMC to review its living donor transplant procedures.
"Extensive efforts were made to restore the kidney to a useable state. However, the physicians, in consultation with the family, ultimately decided not to take the risk knowing that there was a very good chance that other compatible donors could be found," said Dr. Gold.
Two UTMC nurses have been placed on leave with pay while an investigation into the incident is conducted. UTMC is working with the patient who was set to receive the compromised kidney to find another donor.
The deceased donor transplant program and all related services will remain fully operational.
Gold says the suspension of living donor transplant surgeries enables UTMC to evaluate and modify its transplant-related procedures and protocols, so it can continue meeting the expectation of excellent patient service and care.
The voluntary suspension means that the UTMC is unable to perform live donor kidney recovery and kidney transplantation surgical services from live donors during this period. It can still evaluate potential candidates and living donors, as well as provide transplant recipient follow-up care during this period.
Patients do have the option of transferring to an alternative facility.
"We notified all the patients involved in the living related program in writing, and they all have a transplant coordinator that works with the university that they are connected with. That is their support, their contact information," said Dr. Gold.
UTMC expects the review process to take several weeks, and will notify patients immediately once the review process is complete.
Anyone who needs assistance in determining the impact of the suspension on his or her potential for receiving or donating a kidney, should contact the transplant coordinator using the provided list or by calling Jennifer Mikulak at 419-383-4174.
UTMC's first kidney transplant operation was performed in 1972. Since then, more than 1,700 kidney transplant operations have been performed, with an average patient survival rate of 98 percent and a graft survival rate of 94 percent.
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