The waiting time for a donor organ is long nowadays since the need for organs vastly exceeds their availability. But we have possibilities to improve the situation and help as many people as possible to survive despite organ failure: Some organ functions can already be substituted by technology. But medicine is also researching ways to make more organs available for transplant. Read more about some of the ideas behind this in our Topic of the Month.
Donor organs: Solving the shortage with technology
Patients waiting for a donor organ must have a lot of patience and a bit of luck. Aging and a rise in chronic disease prevalence means the need for donor organs is much greater than the number that is available. To help those who need organ transplants, scientists must create new technologies.
Read the article about technical solutions for organ shortage here https://www.medica-tradefair.com/en/News/Topic_of_the_Month/Topics_of_the_Month_2022/Technology_against_organ_shortage/Donor_organs_Solving_the_shortage_with_technology
COPD: How long before the implantable lung is here?
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is often a last resort treatment for patients with acute respiratory failure. The method uses an external pump to circulate blood through an artificial lung back into the bloodstream. However, the use of ECMO for long-term support is not possible for patients with chronic respiratory failure. So far, a lung transplant is the only option in this case, but matching donor organs are in short supply.
Read the interview with Prof. Rolf Rossaint here https://www.medica-tradefair.com/en/News/Topic_of_the_Month/COPD_How_long_before_the_implantable_lung_is_here