Heart Transplant Waiting List
If it is decided that transplant is the best treatment option, the patient is added to the waitlist managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). This is a national organization that matches transplant recipients with available organs. Matches are based on:
- Time spent on the waiting list
- Blood type
- Body size
- Severity of illness
Waiting time varies by the individual and can range from days to years. The Transplant Team follows each patient closely during this period to assure that the heart failure is controlled. When a compatible donor organ becomes available, the transplant coordinator will notify the patient, who will be admitted to Baptist Memphis.