device keeps donor organs fresher

Device keeps donor organs fresher

lifeport machine

A special storage machine could be better than ice for keeping donor kidneys fresh for transplantation, say scientists.

Kidneys were less likely to fail within a year when stored this way, compared with being packed in ice for transportation.

The European trial involving 366 pairs of kidneys, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Advice on the use of the machines in the NHS are expected this month.

The European trial involving 366 pairs of kidneys, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Advice on the use of the machines in the NHS are expected this month.

By using machine preservation we can ensure that there will be more kidneys available for transplantation and that they will be in better health
Professor Rutger Ploeg
University Medical Center Groningen

More than 1,300 transplants involving kidneys from deceased donors are carried out every year in the UK.

As soon as the patient dies, the organ will start to deteriorate, and it is crucial that this process is halted, or at least slowed down, while the transplant operation is organised and the kidney is transported to the right hospital, which can be hundreds of miles away.

Traditionally, a kidney will be flushed out with a special solution, then put into an ice filled box to keep it “fresh”.

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