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U.S. trial tests machine that 'reconditions' lungs outside of the body

U.S. trial tests machine that 'reconditions' lungs outside of the body | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A machine that 'reconditions' a donor's lungs outside the body before they are transplanted into a recipient is undergoing tests in the United States in the hope that it can radically improve survival rates for people with lung disease.

The XVIVO machine preservation device will be used to recondition marginal deceased donor lungs in 16 centers lead to an increase in the number of donor lungs that can be successfully transplanted.

In another recent article posted online a short video also contains information on the XPS XVIVO device-


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The results of this important prospective clinical trial are now awaited with interest.
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Life, Death and the Organ Allocation System - Lawfuel

Life, Death and the Organ Allocation System - Lawfuel | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This opinion piece posted online under the title "Life, Death and the Organ Allocation System" is written by a lawyer in the United States.

 

On the one-year anniversary of the Sarah Murnaghan lung allocation case, Philadelphia litigator Steve Harvey writes about about the case as well as the factors behind the ongoing critical shortage of organs within the United States.

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Thoughtful, well written and of interest to professionals involved in organ donation

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Organ transplants decline in number - The Slovak Spectator

Organ transplants decline in number - The Slovak Spectator | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report outlines how Slovakia has fallen behind neighbouring countries when it comes to the per annum rates of organ donors.

 

Mention is made of what are felt to be some of the possible contributory factors despite the fact that Slovakia has opt out legislation in place. In addition steps are now being taken to come up with possible solutions which may be implemented to help increase the rates of organ donation.

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Interesting commentary on the current status of organ donation in Slovakia

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Could Redistricting Shorten The Wait For A Liver Transplant? - Huffington Post

Could Redistricting Shorten The Wait For A Liver Transplant? - Huffington Post | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Could Redistricting Shorten The Wait For A Liver Transplant?
Reported via the Huffington Post

Where you live can affect your chances of getting a liver transplant, as well as your risk of dying while waiting, if you live in the United States.

 

Analysis of organ donor rates versus time spent waiting for a donor liver have revealed that there is indeed variation across the United States in waiting times for a liver transplant.

 

Why this may be the case and what could be done to try and address this variation is also outlined in the article.

 

 

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Interesting article which attempts to address a complex issue

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