What is the organ care system?

Daniel Cruz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The organ care system (OCS) is a groundbreaking experimental organ-preservation device that keeps donor hearts beating during transport. The portable device delivers warm, oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to the donor heart and keeps it in a living state until the organ is ready to be transplanted.

This content originally appeared online at UCLA Health.

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Organ Transplants & Health Care

Organ transplants involve removing a diseased organ from an ill patient and replacing it with a healthy one from an altruistic deceased or living organ donor. To be eligible for an organ transplant, you must be evaluated by a medi...

cal team for suitability. If you decide to become an organ donor, it is important to inform your family and put those wishes in writing.

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