Cleveland clinic researchers conduct high tech trial to improve organ transplants

Cleveland clinic researchers conduct high tech trial to improve organ transplants (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Soon there may be yet another way to help improve the odds for those in need of an organ transplant.

A new high tech device could help save lives.

Organ donor specialists say that, on average, 22 people die every day waiting for an organ they need.

And as those numbers grow, a team of researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, is hoping that a trial on a new device might make more organs available for life-saving transplants.

Robert Mellis is one of the first patients at the Cleveland Clinic who agreed to be part of a trial on this new high tech device.

He recently had a liver transplant due to complications from Hepatitis C.

Researchers are testing a mini-portable ICU for an organ before they place it in the body.

They can monitor it, and change the conditions of the organ and intervene if something isn’t right,

Doctors say that, rather than putting an organ on ice, a machine pumps oxygen-rich

Blood, nutrients and medications are put through the liver to keep it working and warm when taken out of a deceased donor.

It then continues to function like a working organ.

The goal in the future is to be able to manipulate less desirable organs so they become suitable for transplant.

Mellis, so far, is doing really well following his transplant.

In that portable ICU, they can help the liver produce what it needs such as bile, to make sure a patient will get an organ that functions properly.

They are evaluating safety first and then will look at what it takes to rehab organs for transplant.

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