Topic of the Month January 2022 : Technology against organ shortage – Support for the successful transplant

Timo Roth
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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

Topic of the Month January 2022 :  Technology against organ shortage – Support for the successful transplant
 

Many cardiac support systems are driven by a unit outside the body. The connection to the pump leads through the skin.

 

The ECMO sometimes is the only therapy option for patients with severe lung failure.