Journal article

Probabilities of heart donors arising within specified times for child recipients

John C Galati, James Tibballs, John B Carlin, Robert Weintraub, Bradley G Carter

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

AIM: To determine the availability of donor hearts for children of different blood group and weight needing urgent heart transplantation. METHODS: Data maintained by the Australia and New Zealand Organ Donor Registry 1989-2004 were analysed to determine the frequency of donation. Probabilities of suitable donor availability within 10, 20, 30, 40, 60, 90 and 180 days were estimated using a Poisson model with the assumptions that traditional ABO blood compatibilities applied, suitable donors were 0.8-4.0 times the recipient's body weight (BW) and suitable adult donors were aged <40 years. RESULTS: Probabilities of suitable donor availability increase with passage of time from 10 to 180 days an..

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