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TransMedics OCS Lung System aims to increase the number of organs available for transplantation
The portable TransMedics OCS Lung System helps physicians evaluate and improve the condition of donor lungs. Each organ is warmed and supplied with fluid, oxygen and nutrients.
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved expansion of the device’s use to include donor lungs previously deemed unacceptable, for reasons including geographical distance and advanced age of donor. This expansion should both increase the number of lungs deemed viable for transplant and offer new ways to utilize the donated organs.
“Bridging the divide between a donor and a recipient has always been at the cornerstone of transplantation,” said Gabriel Loor, M.D., surgical director of the lung transplant program at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and a participant in clinical trials to expand usage of the OCS Lung System.