The Nevada Donor Network (NDN) recently announced that they have become the first organ procurement organization (OPO) in the Western United States to successfully allocate a liver using the state-of-the-art OrganOx metra® ex vivo normothermic liver perfusion system. This milestone marks a significant advancement in organ preservation and transplantation capabilities, positioning Nevada Donor Network at the forefront of innovation in the field.
“The successful integration of OrganOx technology into our operations represents a pivotal moment in the development of our Organ Perfusion Department,” said Elizabeth Shipman, senior director of organ services at Nevada Donor Network. “This achievement underscores our commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in organ transplantation. By leveraging the OrganOx metra®, we are taking the first step toward a new era of organ preservation, functional assessment and improved transplant outcomes.”
The OrganOx metra®offers continuous normothermic perfusion and oxygenation, providing an environment that closely mimics the human body. This revolutionary technology helps to maintain organ quality over extended periods of prep, transport or testing. Unlike traditional static cold storage, the system makes possible real-time assessment of liver viability which may lead to expanding the pool of viable organs for transplantation, improved post-transplant results and increased patient survival rates.
“The successful transplant of a liver using the OrganOx system is a testament to the dedication and expertise of the Nevada Donor Network team,” said Scott Clere, associate director of organ services at Nevada Donor Network. “It is also a testament to the generous donors and their families who, through their selfless decisions, make life-saving organ transplantation possible.”
For more information about Nevada Donor Network, please visit nvdonor.org.
About Nevada Donor Network
Nevada Donor Network is a federally designated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) committed to maximizing the gift of life and health through organ and tissue donation. Established in 1987, Nevada Donor Network is one of only 57 OPOs in the U.S. serving more than three million people in the state of Nevada and 100,000 potential transplant recipients across the country. They work collaboratively with hospital staff and community partners to promote research and provide a strong support network to courageous donor families who’ve turned loss into hope.
At Nevada Donor Network, they encourage Nevadans to help individuals in need of life-saving transplants through education, research and action. Nevada Donor Network is a member of Donate Life Nevada, an affiliate of Donate Life America, whose state-wide efforts encourage Nevadans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. For more information, please visit www.nvdonor.org/.