All UNetSM users who complete OPTN data collection forms
January 15, 2019; quarterly updates
A cross-functional team of UNOS staff and OPTN members is working on a data governance initiative to improve the consistency and quality of OPTN data collection. The first set of data definitions using a new format are published in UNet online Help as of January 15, 2019.
We will provide a list of revised definitions each quarter, to answer member questions about existing data fields and to clarify new requirements.
This effort aims to provide clear, concise data definitions, improve quality of data, and provide transparency into changes. Clarifications are intended to provide guidance for future data entry; you are not required to amend data submitted before the collection date. The process to create revised data definitions includes reviews by multidisciplinary UNOS staff and the Data Advisory Committee.
Summary of definition changes
|DDR and LDR
|Intent is to collect biologic and physiologic traits (sex) at birth.|
|Total Cold Ischemic Time||TIEDI®||Liver TRR||Cold ischemic time starts when the organ is cross-clamped and ends when it is first perfused with warm recipient blood (i.e. first clamp removed in situ). Previous to this change, the hepatic artery and portal vein clamps both had to be removed before ischemic time ended.|
|Prior Cardiac Surgery (non-transplant)||TIEDI®||Heart, Lung and Heart-Lung TCR||VAD should be included in the report of previous cardiac surgeries.|
|Time of implant/initiation||WaitlistSM||Adult Heart Status Justification Form||New data collection element released, initial definition established with implementation of heart allocation policy on 10/18/2018.|
|Patient Using Either Oral Medication or Diet for Blood Sugar Control||TIEDI®||Pancreas and Kidney-Pancreas TRR and TRF||Any anti-hyperglycemic medications should be listed in this field, including oral and non-insulin injectables.|
Where to find the info in Help Documentation
Access Secure Enterprise and then choose TIEDI. On the menu, choose Help and click Online Help. Details can be found under Manage Data – Data Definitions and History of Definition Changes. Record Field Descriptions have also been updated to include each data element.
The OPTN’s secure transplant information database contains all national data on the candidate waiting list, organ donation and matching, and transplantation. Organ transplant institutions use the system to match waiting candidates with donated organs. Institutions also rely on the database to manage time-sensitive, life-critical data, before and after their patients’ transplants.
If you have questions, please contact UNOS Customer Service at (800) 978-4334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.