Organ Donation and Transplants During Major US Motorcycle Rallies



Question  Is the incidence of organ donation and transplants higher during major US motorcycle rallies?

Findings  In this cross-sectional study of 10 798 organ donors and 35 329 recipients of these organs from a national transplant registry from 2005 to 2021, there were 21% more organ donors and 26% more transplant recipients per day during motorcycle rallies in regions near those rallies compared with the 4 weeks before and after the rallies.

Meaning  While safety measures to minimize morbidity and mortality during motorcycle rallies should be prioritized, this study showed the downstream association of these events with organ donation and transplants.

Author(s): David C. Cron, MD, MS1,2; Christopher M. Worsham, MD3,4,5; Joel T. Adler, MD, MPH2,6; et al

Publication Date: 28 Nov 2022

Publication Site: JAMA Internal Medicine

JAMA Intern Med. Published online November 28, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2022.5431