Now Playing Tracks

"Heart in a Box"

Transmedics Organ Care System:

Doctors call it a “beating heart transplant,” but it’s more commonly known as “heart in a box.” In the new method, doctors use a machine to keep a transplanted heart viable outside a patient’s body for up to 12 hours. The machine pumps oxygenated blood through the heart, keeping it in good condition longer.It was life-saving for DeStefano, New England’s first patient. The mother of two hopes to be home from Massachusetts General Hospital next week.Right now, about half of all donor hearts are wasted with the current method of putting them on ice because that can only keep the heart useable for four hours.

"Heart in a box" transplants are common in Europe. The device was created by Andover company TransMedics Inc.

—Source: The Boston Channel, 2012

1,391 notes

  1. whenthewallsbend reblogged this from medicalexamination
  2. kvetching reblogged this from perfectlyimpaired
  3. perfectlyimpaired reblogged this from mutedimagination
  4. mutedimagination reblogged this from fuckyeahsurgery
  5. falasii reblogged this from fuckyeahsurgery
  6. nevershoutareli reblogged this from maria91tag
  7. totodilemma reblogged this from fuckyeahsurgery
  8. thefoolishdeer reblogged this from fuckyeahsurgery
  9. trippycf reblogged this from fuckyeahsurgery
  10. threesitarheroes reblogged this from fuckyeahsurgery
  11. drvenacava reblogged this from blue-lights-and-tea
  12. unnravelled reblogged this from fuckyeahsurgery
  13. seba-make-it-rain-withoutacloud reblogged this from fuckyeahsurgery
  14. xoamieox reblogged this from fuckyeahsurgery
  15. ktbvns reblogged this from fuckyeahsurgery
  16. a5-1 reblogged this from gatorsmusicnurselove
  17. gatorsmusicnurselove reblogged this from kimisasupercutiebecausekim
  18. kimisasupercutiebecausekim reblogged this from boluscoffeestat
  19. halalkebab reblogged this from fuckyeahsurgery
  20. urgentxcare reblogged this from fuckyeahsurgery
  21. yellowgrowngreen reblogged this from fuckyeahsurgery
  22. bandaid-brigade reblogged this from blue-lights-and-tea
  23. southernbelleraisinghell24 reblogged this from fuckyeahsurgery
  24. blue-lights-and-tea reblogged this from cherrierenee and added:
    😮
  25. breeathe-believee reblogged this from fuckyeahsurgery
  26. miseducationofamerykah reblogged this from prettypeoplekillingthings
  27. sprintingthroughlife reblogged this from medicalexamination
  28. iridons reblogged this from thisfuturemd
We make Tumblr themes