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'Heart in a box': Pioneering device keeps donor organs alive OUTSIDE the body

'Heart in a box': Pioneering device keeps donor organs alive OUTSIDE the body | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it


Traditionally, all donor organs are placed in a cool-box and surrounded by ice to prevent them deteriorating on their journey between hospitals.

 

However new technology in the form of transportable machines is

leading to changes in how some organs are maintained following their removal from the donor.

 

This report focuses on the preliminary experience with the use of normothermic machine preservation in the Harefield heart transplant programme in the United Kingdom

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Another report on the preliminary use of machine preservation in heart transplantation. Further data from the prospective clinical trials that are currently being undertaken is now awaited

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Artificial Wearable Lung to Help Patients be Mobile Before Transplant - Medgadget.com

Artificial Wearable Lung to Help Patients be Mobile Before Transplant - Medgadget.com | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reported via Medgadget.com
Research into an artificial Wearable Lung to help patients be mobile prior to lung transplantation. 
 
Patients preparing for a lung transplant often end up bedridden for extended periods of time while awaiting surgery. Hence any advance in technology which could potentially extend the period patients wait whilst allowing them to remain mobile is very important.

 

This is a preliminary report of a device which will need to be trialled on patients.

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