Centralized Organ Recovery and Reconditioning Centers

Amit Bery, Aadil Ali, Marcelo Cypel, Daniel Kreisel

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Abstract

An increased focus on improving efficiency and decreasing costs has resulted in alternative models of donor management and organ recovery. The specialized donor care facility model provides highly efficient and cost-effective donor care at a free-standing facility, resulting in improved organ yield, shorter ischemic times, decreased travel, and fewer nighttime operations. Ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) improves utilization of extended criteria donor lungs, and centralized EVLP facilities have the potential to increase transplant volumes for smaller transplant programs in specified geographic regions. These alternative models are increasingly being used in the United States to improve waitlist mortality and combat the ongoing donor organ shortage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-174
Number of pages8
JournalThoracic surgery clinics
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2022

Keywords

  • Ex vivo lung perfusion
  • Lung transplantation
  • Organ donation
  • Specialized donor care facility

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