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Study at Mid-America Transplant Leads to More Lifesaving Lung Transplants

Posted July 11, 2018 in News Category
225386268875502947438022428500513492130092oResearch and a lung management protocol at Mid-America Transplant helped transplant patients like Jeanie Leach, right, who received a lifesaving lung transplant in 2017. Today, she's able to raise her twin daughters.

Dr. Gary F. Marklin, Chief Medical Officer at Mid-America Transplant, co-authored an inspiring study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery that could lead to more lifesaving lung transplants nationwide. Dr. Marklin contributed to the report, which was led by Dr. Varun Puri and a team at the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.

The retrospective study found a 71 percent increase in lungs recovered for transplant when an organ procurement organization (OPO) followed a 10-step protocol in managing lung donors at an independent organ recovery facility, similar to that utilized by Mid-America Transplant.   

From 2001 to 2008, Mid-America Transplant recovered lungs from one in five donors, which is near the national average. After Mid-America Transplant moved to its state-of-the-art, stand-alone recovery facility in 2008, its clinical staff implemented the 10-step protocol. From 2008 to the present, Mid-America Transplant recovered lungs from one in three donors.

“This study shows how a lung management protocol can increase the number of lungs available for lifesaving transplant,” Dr. Marklin said. “Our hope is that by publishing and sharing this information, other OPOs may replicate this method and, ultimately, save more lives through organ donation.”

Read the abstract of the study here.

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