Compatible Share Program
What is Compatible Share?
Our Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division is the first program in New
Jersey and among a few in the country to offer patients participation
in its award-winning Compatible Share Program – the latest exciting
addition to its comprehensive Living Donor Institute. An innovation in
the delivery of living donor transplantation, it is designed to help more
people receive life-saving kidney transplants.
Through Compatible Share, a compatible donor/recipient pair may be offered
the opportunity to participate in a kidney exchange. Therefore, to understand
Compatible Share, it’s important to first explain the Living Donor
Kidney Exchange Program. Many individuals have willing kidney donors that
are incompatible due to blood type or cross-matching. These pairs enter
the Living Donor Kidney Exchange Program which involves the matching and
exchange of kidneys between incompatible donor/recipient pairs so that
all recipients receive a compatible transplant. Many incompatible pairs
wait long periods of time for compatible matches because of a lack of
‘O’ blood type donors. (See chart below)
Some compatible pairs are deemed favorable for the Compatible Share Program
because the donor is blood type ‘O’ and the recipient is blood
type ‘A’, ‘B’, or ‘AB’. This allows
the compatible pair to exchange with one or more incompatible pairs and
results in each recipient receiving a compatible transplant.
Why Choose Compatible Share?
- An opportunity to improve the recipient’s long-term outcome. For
example, the recipient would have the option to receive a younger donor
kidney and/or an improved compatibility match.
- An opportunity for a compatible pair to help more people receive a kidney
transplant who otherwise may continue to wait for an extended period of time.
It is important to note that the timing of the transplant is not delayed
by participation in the Compatible Share Program. Transplantation can
be scheduled at the preferred timing of the compatible pair. This may
vary depending on the preferences chosen by the compatible pair and will
be discussed on an individual basis.
Matched donor/recipient pairs must meet the same medical, psychosocial
and ethical selection criteria used for standard living donor transplants.
All pairs remain anonymous to each other prior to transplantation. For
those interested in the Compatible Share Program, an educational session
for the donor and recipient will be arranged with a Physician or Nurse