Southwest Transplant Alliance maintains an agreement to act as the organ recovery agency for hospitals in our respective areas. There are 11 hospital transplant centers and more than 280 hospitals that we work with in our service area.
When a potential donor is identified by a hospital, the local recovery agency is notified. A transplant coordinator, in conjunction with a family services coordinator, will check the statewide registry to determine if the patient has signed up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. If the potential donor is registered, the family is notified and the donation process proceeds. If the patient is not registered, the decision lies with the legal next of kin. STA’s family services coordinator talks with the family about the option to donate and provides them with information about the process. If the family chooses to move forward, STA is there to offer support and education.
The recovery agency then evaluates the medical suitability of the donor, manages the medical care of the donor until transplantation can take place. STA communicates with the national transplant waiting list, which is maintained by, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), to identify patients in need of an organ transplant. STA manages the transport of organs to the surgeons, who will perform the transplants into waiting recipients. Finally, we transport the tissue to processors where the tissue is made into implants, known as allographs. These allographs are then provided to the healthcare professional for transplant.