Friday, June 24, 2011

UPMC offers patients transplant options elsewhere

By Luis Fabregas
Friday, June 24, 2011
Last updated: 10:28 am

UPMC is telling patients seeking live-donor kidney and liver transplants that they can go elsewhere and has postponed three scheduled kidney surgeries since suspending the programs May 9, health system officials said on Thursday.
"Obviously, we don't want to refer patients elsewhere, but we've done this conscientiously because we've got to get through this," Andrea V. Cotter, senior vice president and chief communications officer for the hospital system, told Tribune-Review editors and reporters.
The live-donor kidney and liver transplant programs at UPMC and the live-donor kidney transplant program at Children's Hospital were suspended after the hepatitis C virus was transmitted to a kidney recipient at UPMC. Health system officials are confident human error is the sole contributing factor in the case, which the Trib first disclosed..........

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