Researchers look to drones as pathway to increase organ utilization

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University of Maryland researchers recently reported an initial investigation of drone-based organ transportation as a potential pathway towards expanding the donor organ pool.

To monitor the organ, researchers developed new technologies that provided the real-time organ status using a wireless biosensor combined with an organ global positioning system. Fourteen drone organ missions were performed.

Temperatures remained stable and low (2.5 °C). Pressure changes (0.37–0.86 kPa) correlated with increased altitude. Drone travel was associated with less vibration (less than 0.5 ...

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New study suggests many discarded kidneys could prolong life

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The results of a new study suggest that high discard rates among donated kidneys could be avoided in the future. Researchers say that even kidneys with poor biopsy results may be more efficient in prolonging patients’ lifespans than other treatments.

According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), so far this year, 6,099 kidneys have been donated in the United States. Of these, living donors provided 2,223 kidneys, with the remaining 3,876 having been collected from deceased ...

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When Donated Organs Go to Waste

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Many of the 17,000 people currently waiting for liver transplants in the U.S. have had bags packed for weeks, months, or even years, ready for the moment the phone rings and the voice on the other end tells them to head to the hospital. Once an organ becomes available, they know, there will only be a small window in which they can receive it. This year, an estimated 6,000 of those people will undergo a transplant; another 1,500 will die ...

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