Saturday, January 17, 2009

Amazing Advance for Kidney Transplant Delivery

(With video) - Good news for anybody who might ever need a kidney in a hurry. The old fashioned way of transporting kidneys for transplant, in a box of ice, is about to be replaced by a high tech little machine that can preserve the vital organ much better. The machine is , The "LifePort Kidney Transporter" is made by Organ Recovery Systems (ORS), located in Des Plaines, Illinois near Chicago. The FDA cleared the way for ORS to sell the transporter in 2003. In 2002, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) granted $880,000 to ORS to study the technology that makes the "ice-free cryotransporters" possible. Today, after several years of use and further study, the little machines seem to be a big success for ORS. The BBC reports that "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." Results from a landmark trial published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that in transplanted kidneys preserved and transported in a specially designed machine (LifePort Kidney Transporter) the odds for experiencing a delay in recovery of kidney function are 43% lower, and that these kidneys are 48% less likely to fail within a year compared to those stored in the traditional box of ice (cold storage).(1) The study was the first randomised, prospective trial to compare these two methods of preservation. More at PRNewswire... Contact information about Organ Recovery Systems is found at Subscribe to Chicago News Bench