A survey has found out that only 30% of the total number of donated hearts is used in transplantation surgeries in the U.S. The statistics of the rejected number of organs continues to increase even as wait list of potential recipients continue to grow. The rate of acceptance of the donated hearts has been falling for almost 15 years, the study shows.

Although there are important concerns that push doctors to reject the organs, a lack of proper guidelines regarding the acceptance and rejection of the donated organs also forms a major reason for the actions.

The study, led by Dr. Kiran Khush, a cardiologist at Stanford, cited important concerns that prompt doctors to reject donated hearts. She named the most common reasons as the donor being either too old or too sick. She also said that the reason supporting the final decision is often very subjective. He also claimed that some donated hearts are rejected even though they are fit for the transplant. He emphasized the need for a more standardized procedure for the acceptance and rejection of donor hearts.

Statistics obtained from the Organ Procurement Transplant Network show that as many as 2,500 heart plants are done in the U.S. every year. The number is still short of the other people who stay on the wait list for receiving a suitable heart. The latter was recorded to be 4,000. The study also revealed that in 1995, as many as 44% donor hearts were accepted, but in 2006, the number fell to 29% in 2006.

The study co-author, John Nguyen, explained that the donation requires the dead person’s family to offer his organs at a time of great grief and loss. The act is a precious gift, and the researchers involved in the study seek to help these families maximize the gift. Nguyen is a nurse who works with the California Transplant Donor Network based in Oakland.

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