ABC12 News—Organ Transplant Goes Hi-tech

In this article, Intermountain Healthcare takes part in the PILOT clinical trial of the LifePort® Liver Transporter. PILOT (Perfusion to Improve Liver Outcomes in Transplantation) is a prospective randomized multi-center oxygenated hypothermic machine perfusion study using the LifePort Liver Transporter (LLT) system with Vasosol as compared to static cold storage in orthotopic liver transplantation.

This clinical trial is looking at whether the pump does two things …“Do the patients get out of the hospital quicker? Do they have less complications post-transplant?” elaborated Jake Krong, research director at Intermountain Medical Center. It may also allow less-healthy livers to be used for transplant. “These organs were ones that we would not maybe even consider in the past,” said Dr. Alonso.

Intermountain Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system with a team of more than 41,000 caregivers based in Salt Lake City, Utah who serve the healthcare needs of people across Utah, Idaho, and Nevada.

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