Dr. Shams-Ud-Din as part of the TTS-ILTS Paired Transplant Centers Program travelled to UCSF. His trip's purpose was to interact with the UCSF Organ transplant team, to see their protocols of pre and post transplant Patient management, to see deceased donor organ transplantation, organ procurement and normothermic perfusion dynamics and implications.
During his visit, Dr. Shams-Ud-Din was able to meet with:
SRTR: (Scientific registry of transplant recipient)
A method of organ preservation, provides oxygen and nutrition during preservation and allows aerobic metabolism.
We removed the liver from a pig and put it in normothermic perfusion machine which usually provides a normal environment and nutrition to the liver. It has an arterial pump and portal vein pump and you can adjust the pressure in each by a nozzle. It contains TPN solution, normal saline and bile salt solution which are set at different levels to support the liver. Liver functions are monitored usually every 2 hours by an ISTAT machine by monitoring the lactate level and ABGs. We kept the liver up to 24 hours.