There are not always enough human tissue transplants available. Especially heart valves and blood vessels are missing in tissue medicine and still patients have to endure their situation unnecessarily long. There is no central allocation office for tissue transplants in Germany, nor is there a nationwide waiting list – as for organ donation. They were not desired by the authorities.
The German Society for Tissue Transplantation (DGFG) takes up the idea of central allocation. Every year, we provide thousands of patients with safe and high-quality tissue transplants through our nationwide network. Our special concern is a fair distribution of the existing corneas, heart valves and blood vessels. Our well-developed nationwide network ensures that corneas and heart valves are transferred from the tissue banks to the transplant centres without any loss of time. Using a supra-regional database, the employees of the allocation office have a permanent overview of all tissue transplants available in the network. The allocation office can also react quickly to emergency enquiries and typified transplants. Networking increases the chance that patients will quickly receive a suitable transplant.
Our future goal is to be able to supply every patient within four weeks. Therefore we are continuously expanding our donation programs.
Please help us by supporting the tissue donation in your hospital. Only if enough people donate tissue can you optimally provide your patients with tissue transplants.