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The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Implications of and potential solutions for the weekend effect in heart transplantation

Published:December 07, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healun.2022.11.010
      Donor-recipient matching is a complex decision process requiring the integration of multiple factors and a holistic view of the situation from both the donor and recipient perspectives. Donor/recipient sizes, ages, comorbidities, travel distances, anticipated ischemic times, studies on the donor organ, and other metrics must all be combined by transplant clinicians into a single decision to accept or decline a particular offer. Moreover, features such as the stability of the donor or recipient can change in real time, so even well-considered plans must constantly be re-evaluated.
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