Opening the Discussion on Pulsatile Pump Perfusion

5 March 2012  // 

Held late November in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the 11th Congress of the International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP) brought together a number of world experts and key opinion leaders to take part in discussions on challenging topics including the management and organization of donation and transplantation processes. Tackling one of the hot topics in machine perfusion, Dr Sunil Patel of the University of Buffalo, USA, showcased evidence for the prognostic utility of pulsatile pump perfusion, when undertaken in deceased donor renal transplants within 6 hours of initiation. In addition, Dr Michael Goldstein and Dr Yuriy Yushkov of the New York Organ Donor Network, USA, presented abstracts discussing a new tool to calculate the optimal ratio of machine perfusion to cold ischemic time, and on the potential for forecasting renal allograft function and survival with machine measured renal resistance.