Although in the future the Sacred Heart Kidney Transplant Program intends to perform living donor kidney transplants in Pensacola, currently our program is performing only deceased donor kidney transplants. If you are referred to our program and have potential living donors please let us know at the time of evaluation and we will refer you to the program of your choice that does perform living donor kidney transplants. Since many potential living donor candidates end up unable to donate, we still encourage potential recipients who live in our region to list here for a deceased kidney donor in case their potential donor is unable to donate.
A new kidney allocation system was put in place in December of 2014. This system gives transplant professionals a better idea of how long a donated kidney may continue to work after transplant compared to other donated kidneys. This is accomplished by giving each kidney a rank from 1% (the likely longest working kidney) to 100% (the likely shortest working kidney after transplant). This score is called the Kidney Donor Profile Index (KDPI). The KDPI score is used to designate the current groups of Standard Criteria Donor (SCD) and Extended Criteria Donor (ECD) kidneys. The ECD kidney is any kidney with a KDPI score over 85%. Likewise, a SCD kidney will be any kidney with a KDPI score from 1% to 85%. For some patients, it is better to take a higher KDPI and possibly be transplanted sooner because they may die or become too sick for a transplant while waiting for a lower KDPI kidney. Patient must consent to be considered for ECD kidneys.
Because these donors are at slightly higher risk for transmission of infections with transplantation, they can only be used for transplant with the recipient's consent. Your transplant team will educate you about the risks and benefits of considering these donors.
**Sacred Heart does not currently perform these procedures but we will refer you to a living donor transplant center.
Living donation occurs when a living person decides to donate one of their kidneys to someone in need of a transplant.
To be considered a living donor the person must be 18 years or older (able to consent). In general living donors must be healthy, freely willing to donate, and have two healthy kidneys. Although there is no upper age limit for donation, donors under the age of 60 years old are preferred. If you do identify someone who is interested in being a donor please let us know at the time of evaluation so we can make to appropriate referrals so you may receive a living donor transplant if possible.
Sacred Heart Health System and University of Florida Health are collaborating through the University's Division of Transplant Surgery, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine.
Sacred Heart Health System and University of Florida Health are collaborating through the University’s Division of Transplant Surgery, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine.