The Optimization Of Organ Transplantation

Open Access
Author:
Shivy, Megan Kaitlan
Area of Honors:
Supply Chain and Information Systems
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Robert Alexander Novack, Thesis Supervisor
  • John C Spychalski, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Standardized Transportation Network
  • Opt-Out Legislation
Abstract:
The purpose of this thesis is to give a high level overview of the supply chain process associated with organ transplantation in the United Sates. Using information on organ transplantation programs from other areas of the world coupled with input from transplant expertise this thesis will highlight areas for logistical improvement to improve the success rate of organ transplantation in the United States. This thesis concluded that while the ultimate solution of improving the success rate of organ transplantation may take legislative action, standardization of transportation by organ is a viable option to save the lives of people waiting for life saving transplants.