Ethical Considerations in Kidney Paired Donation (KPD)
The widening gap between the supply and demand for donor kidneys has led to a call for an expansion in the potential donor pool. Such efforts include KPD, which allows for a significant increase in the number of patients that receive a living kidney transplant. Nonsimultaneous Extended Altruistic Donor (NEAD) chains of transplants allow incompatible pairs who receive a kidney to “pay it forward” to another pair in the same situation. There are complex ethical issues surrounding these various applications. In addition, misconceptions frequently occur; for instance, the perceived benefit that donating an organ to a loved one is greater for a related donor than for an altruistic one. During this presentation, the impact of KPD in facilitating live-donor kidney transplantations and the underlying ethical issues pertaining to this field will be discussed.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Explain the importance of KPD and the significant impact it has in facilitating live-donor kidney transplantation
- Discuss the ethical issues surrounding KPD and NEAD chains
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Jeffrey L. Veale, MD
Director, Kidney Transplant Exchange Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology
David Geffen School of Medicine;
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
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