Background: We analyze our outcomes utilizing imported allografts as a strategy to shorten wait list time for pancreas transplantation. Methods: This is an observational retrospective cohort of 26 recipients who received either a locally procured (n = 16) or an imported pancreas graft (n = 10) at our center between January 2014 and May 2017. Wait list times of this cohort were compared to UNOS Region 9 (New York State and Western Vermont). Hospital financial data were also reviewed to analyze the cost-effectiveness of this strategy. Results: Imported pancreas grafts had significantly increased cold ischemia times (CIT) and peak lipase (PL) levels compared to locally procured grafts (CIT 827 vs 497 minutes; P =.001, PL 563 vs 157 u/L; P =.023, respectively). There were no differences in graft or patient survival. The median wait time was significantly lower for simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplants at our center (518 days, n = 21) compared to Region 9 (1001 days, n = 65) P =.038. Despite financial concerns, the cost of transport for imported grafts was offset by lower standard acquisition costs. Conclusions: Imported pancreas grafts may be a cost-effective strategy to increase organ utilization and shorten wait times in regions with longer waiting times.
- Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network
- organ acceptance
- organ procurement
- organ procurement organization