AAOS endorses Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act

By Jennie McKee

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, more than 98,000 Americans needed lifesaving organ transplants as of November 2007. Approximately 20 patients die every day because they don’t receive those organs, says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In response to these alarming statistics, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) recently created the 2006 Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (2006 UAGA) to enhance the systems for allocating organs to transplant recipients among the states. At its September meeting, the AAOS Board of Directors endorsed the 2006 UAGA, which has already been enacted by nearly 30 states.

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