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New transport technology keeps livers warm and alive – not on ice in a cooler

Posted Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Tyler Goldberg-Hoss

As you may know, we as a society have not figured out the best system for organ transplantation. I have already written on the problem of too little organs and at least one solution for it. Additionally, some have advocated for legalizing the ability to sell your organs.

Within that context, medical researchers continue to find ways to make our organs last longer, make transplantation less necessary, and increase the likelihood that an organ will be viable for transplantation.

This includes hearts and now livers. A new study finds that instead of traditionally keeping livers “on ice” during the transport process, livers actually prefer to be warm.

The new technology, called an OrganOx device, replicates a liver’s normal environment, including keeping livers functioning during transport. This resulted, according to the study, in a greater chance the organ will actually be used in transplantation due to less injury to the liver as it “lives” outside the body.

You can read more about the results of the study here:

A ‘breakthrough in organ preservation’: Study shows keeping livers warm helps preserve them for transplant

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