Scientists at Royal Papworth Hospital have developed a device to support organ donations that have begun to die. This can increase the number and speed of transplants by four times.
The number of heart and lung transplants can increase four times thanks to the new resuscitation apparatus. The device, developed at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, was able to help transplant a heart and lung of a person whose blood circulation stopped before removing organs for transplantation.
Pedro Katarino, a surgeon at the hospital, compares this to charging batteries: “The device restores the energy reserves of the heart, this we call reconditioning, and thus allows it to be transplanted”.
The researchers suggested that the device could quadruple the number of organs available for transplantation. They consider this an emergency measure. According to them, “patients die on a waiting list every day”.
Earlier, scientists from Tufts University transplanted beta cells of the pancreas into the body of mice with diabetes, which led to an increase in the production of insulin by cells in two to three times. They managed to do this using proteins that change their activity depending on the amount of light.