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Keep That (Donated) Heart Beating

9/1/2011 1:43:55 PM

Tags: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, TransMedics, heart transplants, organ donation, human physiology, science and technology, The Inquisitr, Danielle Magnuson

Donate LifeIt’s always disconcerting, in hospital shows, to see the cooler containing a human heart being unloaded from the helicopter. The cooler is the same brightly colored, insulated style we cram with ice and Miller Lite for family camping weekend. But, hey, it works. Pack that kind organ donor’s heart on ice and head for the hospital to save a life.

It’s disconcerting in a wholly different way to see the new organ-transfer method, profiled by The Inquisitr (Aug 30, 2011) and devised by a company called TransMedics—a method that keeps the heart beating. Yes. A live beating heart in a box. Check out the video below.

Right now, matching donor organs with recipients is a game of speed and geography. The short lifespan of an organ on ice is “the biggest problem facing heart transplants,” explains The Inquisitr. The beating-heart transfer method will allow the harvested organ to travel long distances, still warm, in a “near-normal physiologic state,” says transplant surgeon Abbas Ardehali.

The beating-in-a-box method is currently under clinical trial for FDA approval at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I feel like I am in the first Apollo mission to the moon,” says UCLA heart transplant medical director Ann Hickey. “This is really the start of something that’s going to be an incredible revolution.”

 

Source: The Inquisitr

Image by MT Silverstar, licensed under Creative Commons. 



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Nancy Evans
9/24/2011 9:33:05 AM
We recently noticed that your blog has an incorrect version of our registered Donate Life logo on it. See your September 1 post. We would really appreciate it if you could replace the file with the correct version of the log or remove it from the Internet. You will notice the lettering, spacing and black outline are different and that we use a registration mark. I hope this does not cause much inconvenience to make the correction. The registered Donate Life logo, owned by Donate Life America, is the national symbol for the cause of increasing organ, eye and tissue donation. In an effort to ensure authorized, appropriate and consistent use of the logo by the transplantation and donation community and its partners, and maintain the brand integrity of all Donate Life America logos and materials, we are making a concerted effort to remove the incorrect versions of the logo from the Internet. We hope you continue to spread the word about donation (linking to donatelife.net when possible). If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Evans at Donate Life America nevans@donatelife.net.



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