Policy change slows heart transplants in Ohio - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Policy change slows heart transplants in Ohio

Posted: Updated:

The number of heart transplants performed in Ohio fell last year to its lowest level since 1989 as more of the vital organs leave the state than come in.
    
Of the 155 people waiting for heart transplants in Ohio as of Feb. 7, 59 percent have been doing so for at least a year - the highest rate in the nation, The Columbus Dispatch reported, http://bit.ly/1fLAPJZ.
    
In the past seven years at the Cleveland Clinic - which performed about two-thirds of the state's heart transplants last year - the transplant numbers have fallen from 76 to 44, or more than 40 percent.
    
Ohio State University's Comprehensive Transplant Center performed 10 heart transplants last year, about half of its peak of 19 in 2006. So far this year, it has performed two.
    
Meanwhile, heart transplants nationwide were on pace last year to increase and set an annual record by topping 2,500, according to the most recent statistics available.
    
The decreases in Ohio are the result of a 2006 policy change by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network that expanded regional organ sharing to reduce deaths among people waiting for transplants.
    
For Ohio, the policy change has made the state a net exporter of donor hearts since 2006, with the number of hearts leaving the state exceeding the number entering the state by more than 70. From 1991 to 2006, the state was a net importer, with the number of heart transplants exceeding the supply of hearts originating in Ohio by 460, or by 29 percent.
    
Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic suspect that one reason for the decline in heart transplants involves the use of left-ventricular assist devices, implanted mechanical pumps that help keep patients alive while they wait for a heart transplant.
    
Years ago, complication risks from the devices were higher, and many patients receiving one were given priority status for heart transplants.
    
That priority status has benefited regions of the country where a higher proportion of transplant candidates have had the devices implanted, including parts of the East Coast within 500 miles of Ohio transplant centers, said Dr. Randall Starling, the Cleveland Clinic's head of cardiac transplant.
    
The declines in Ohio are worrisome, said Dr. Nader Moazami, the surgical director of cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at the Cleveland Clinic. For example, he said a heart recently donated in Columbus went to an out-of-state patient instead of to one in Cleveland. Before 2006, an Ohio resident would have gotten it.
    
But the notion that a heart should remain in the state where it is donated is antiquated, said Dorrie Dils, the chief clinical executive for Lifeline of Ohio, an organ-procurement agency that serves 37 counties in central and southeastern Ohio.
    
Organs are a national resource, and donors "just want to help someone," no matter where they live, Dils said.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Authorities warn incoming students of potential campus crime

    Authorities warn incoming students of potential campus crime

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:23:42 GMT
     As college campuses welcome back thousands of students, campus police are getting ready for an increase in crime that inevitably happens each year. Authorities want to make sure students make their own safety a priority.
     As college campuses welcome back thousands of students, campus police are getting ready for an increase in crime that inevitably happens each year. Authorities want to make sure students make their own safety a priority.
  • Stop the violence: a new call to promote peace in Toledo

    Stop the violence: a new call to promote peace in Toledo

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:08:25 GMT
    Shawonna Wynn says she is constantly haunted by the thoughts and memories of her brother, Ricky Arnaz Layson. The 35-year-old was shot and killed on July 8 at R D Auto Sales on Lewis Avenue."I refuse to sit back and just be silent," says Shawonna. "Something has to happen, we can't just shake our heads anymore." Wynn organized Friday's event at the Infinity Lounge in his memory. The talent show, panel discussion, and poetry showcase focused on promoting peace."We can't just say something is ...
    Shawonna Wynn says she is constantly haunted by the thoughts and memories of her brother, Ricky Arnaz Layson. The 35-year-old was shot and killed on July 8 at R D Auto Sales on Lewis Avenue."I refuse to sit back and just be silent," says Shawonna. "Something has to happen, we can't just shake our heads anymore." Wynn organized Friday's event at the Infinity Lounge in his memory. The talent show, panel discussion, and poetry showcase focused on promoting peace."We can't just say something is ...
  • 20,000 people expected at Toledo Pride Fest

    20,000 people expected at Toledo Pride Fest

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:49:06 GMT
    The fifth annual Toledo Pride Festival runs August 22-24. The festival features more than a dozen local and national bands, more than 75 food and merchandise vendors as well as a number of faith and community organizations.The goal of the event is to promote unity, acceptance and awareness of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The main event is Saturday, August 23 at Promenade Park. Other events throughout the weekend include the Pride Parade on Saturday morning, and ...
    The fifth annual Toledo Pride Festival runs August 22-24. The festival features more than a dozen local and national bands, more than 75 food and merchandise vendors as well as a number of faith and community organizations.The goal of the event is to promote unity, acceptance and awareness of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The main event is Saturday, August 23 at Promenade Park. Other events throughout the weekend include the Pride Parade on Saturday morning, and ...
  • RegionalMore>>

  • Help coming for Detroit water shutoffs

    Help coming for Detroit water shutoffs

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:08:42 GMT
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Health Endowment Fund is contributing $2 million to help Detroit water customers pay overdue bills and assist low-income city residents with the cleanup of debris left over from recent flooding.The Lansing-based nonprofit organization says Friday that $1.7 million is to help people manage their water bills. The rest will go to flooding cleanup.It will be administered through the United Way for Southeastern Michigan which is partnering with the Detroit Water ...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Health Endowment Fund is contributing $2 million to help Detroit water customers pay overdue bills and assist low-income city residents with the cleanup of debris left over from recent flooding.The Lansing-based nonprofit organization says Friday that $1.7 million is to help people manage their water bills. The rest will go to flooding cleanup.It will be administered through the United Way for Southeastern Michigan which is partnering with the Detroit Water ...
  • Michigan police: Toddler left outside in rainstorm

    Michigan police: Toddler left outside in rainstorm

    Police in western Michigan say a drunk woman left a toddler outside in a rainstorm while she was inside a home.
    Police in western Michigan say a drunk woman left a toddler outside in a rainstorm while she was inside a home.
  • Teen killed while walking in Muskegon Heights

    Teen killed while walking in Muskegon Heights

    A 17-year-old was killed while walking down the street in Muskegon Heights.
    A 17-year-old was killed while walking down the street in Muskegon Heights.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Motorcycle crash at Dorr and Byrne

    Motorcycle crash at Dorr and Byrne

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:09:43 GMT
    Police were called to the scene of a motorcycle crash Friday night. It happened at the intersection of Dorr and Byrne just after 10 p.m. Dispatch could only tell us that a car and motorcycle were involved in the crash. We're still waiting on information about injuries.
    Police were called to the scene of a serious motorcycle crash Friday night. It happened at the intersection of Dorr and Byrne just after 10 p.m.
  • 20,000 people expected at Toledo Pride Fest

    20,000 people expected at Toledo Pride Fest

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:49:06 GMT
    The fifth annual Toledo Pride Festival runs August 22-24. The festival features more than a dozen local and national bands, more than 75 food and merchandise vendors as well as a number of faith and community organizations.The goal of the event is to promote unity, acceptance and awareness of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The main event is Saturday, August 23 at Promenade Park. Other events throughout the weekend include the Pride Parade on Saturday morning, and ...
    The fifth annual Toledo Pride Festival runs August 22-24. The festival features more than a dozen local and national bands, more than 75 food and merchandise vendors as well as a number of faith and community organizations.The goal of the event is to promote unity, acceptance and awareness of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The main event is Saturday, August 23 at Promenade Park. Other events throughout the weekend include the Pride Parade on Saturday morning, and ...
  • Authorities warn incoming students of potential campus crime

    Authorities warn incoming students of potential campus crime

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:23:42 GMT
     As college campuses welcome back thousands of students, campus police are getting ready for an increase in crime that inevitably happens each year. Authorities want to make sure students make their own safety a priority.
     As college campuses welcome back thousands of students, campus police are getting ready for an increase in crime that inevitably happens each year. Authorities want to make sure students make their own safety a priority.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!