Organ labeling & shipping
Policy governing organ transport
OPTN policy regulates the packaging, labeling, shipping and storage of organs and vessels. Learn more about:
Patient safety should be the driving force behind all that we do…No organ should be lost as a result of a packaging error. We need to do everything we can to prevent that from happening.Lori Markham
TransNet will automate the current practice of packaging and labeling organs, which is done entirely by hand. Automating this process will greatly reduce the chances of transcription errors or mistakes due to illegible handwriting and will help us ensure that donated organs are matched correctly and efficiently with the identified recipient. UNOS began a voluntary national deployment of the TransNet service in March 2015.
Organ transport news
The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors recently approved a policy change that requires OPOs to use a new sterile internal vessels label.
TransNet, a service of the OPTN, is an innovative new system that uses barcode scanning technology at the point of organ recovery to help label, package and track organs and other biologic materials being shipped for transplantation.
A policy change approved at the November 2011 OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors meeting will require that all rigid containers holding vessels be labeled.
Beginning February 1, 2012, living donor transplant programs will be required by policy to use new living donor labels when they package and ship living donor organs.