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Redesign of US donor-liver network could boost transplants by several hundred per year
Date:2/24/2011

nsive regions anchored by dense areas. The entire West Coastincluding population giant Californiacombined with the Mountain states, the Wouthwest, and Alaska and Hawaii. The northern Midwest joins the Chicago area in one model and, in the other, is part of an area that sweeps from North Carolina to Arizona, and from Texas to North Dakota.

Although the Western regions are huge, Schaefer said, the data the team used showed that grueling journeys from, say, Houston to Minnesota are not common and that giving sparsely populated areas access to a larger supply of potential donors makes such long distances worthwhile.

The team's next step is to maximize fairness within the regions so that even more people have access to donor livers, Roberts said. The team demonstrates a method for ensuring equality in a paper to be published at a future date in the INFORMS Journal of Computing.

"If we can find a structure that benefits everyone, that's the best chance of pushing these kinds of changes through," Roberts said. "Still, it's important that through this rearrangement we waste fewer organs and get more people transplanted by what is a significant number when you consider that that number represents real people."


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