The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) is a key resource for transplant patients and their caregivers. SRTR’s mission is to provide advanced statistical analyses on solid organ allocation and transplantation. The organization delivers on that mission by producing three key reports: an annual report, organ procurement organization-specific reports, and transplant program-specific reports (PSRs).
PSRs are available on every transplant center in the United States, including for all three of Mayo Clinic’s transplant centers located in Jacksonville, FL; Phoenix, AZ; and Rochester, MN. The most recent PSRs released in January feature a number of excellent outcomes at our sites, giving confidence to transplant patients choosing Mayo Clinic.
If you’re unfamiliar with SRTR and the PSRs they produce, we encourage you to dive in. Evaluating outcomes data should be a key step in choosing the transplant center that’s right for you or your loved one. Here are three key definitions and outcomes for Mayo’s most recent reports.
Transplant rate is a measure of how frequently patients on a program’s waiting list undergo transplant. Programs with higher transplant rates tend to perform transplants more frequently than programs with lower transplant rates. The transplant rate is given as a number of transplants per 100 patients listed per year. So a value of 20 would mean for every 100 patients listed for one year at this program, 20 would be transplanted.
The January PSR for Mayo Clinic’s kidney transplant program in Rochester showed a transplant rate of 33.7, which is statistically better than the expected average of 25.
Patient survival is a measure of the likelihood that a patient will be alive at a certain time post-transplant. The January PSR for Mayo Clinic’s heart transplant program in Arizona reported a one year patient survival of 97.86%, which is statistically better than expected. This result places Mayo Clinic’s campus in Phoenix as the top heart program in the country for this report.
Graft survival reports the likelihood that a patient will be alive with a functioning transplanted organ at a certain time post-transplant. According to the January PSR for Mayo Clinic’s liver transplant program in Florida, the one year graft survival is 92.80%, which is statistically better than expected. This result places Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville among the top 4% of liver transplant programs in the country.
SRTR truly holds a wealth of information that can benefit you on your journey to transplantation. If you’ve used data from SRTR before, please share! What tips and tricks do you know that can help others use this data to make decisions about their transplant care?