Liver transplant rates low despite strong donor push

Clinical Associate Professor Simone Strasser said liver donation had a narrow window of patient eligibility and while overall donor numbers had improved “most don’t translate to liver donors”.

Livers cannot be salvaged from cardiac death patients if their heart took more than 30 minutes to stop beating on the withdrawal of life support, due to the likelihood of blood vessel damage.

“If it stops within 40 minutes they are not suitable to be a liver donor, but they can still be a kidney or lung donor,” said Professor Strasser, from the