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MIOT inks MoU to boost organ transplant success

The pact is with an Australian hospital

MIOT International Hospital in Chennai has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Alfred Hospital in Australia to improve organ survival, and consequently, the success rate of heart and lung transplants done at the hospital.

Prithvi Mohandas, managing director, MIOT International, said on Thursday that the MoU would focus on sharing expertise on management of heart and lung transplant patients, mechanical circulatory support systems for failing hearts, and single lung retrieval and transplant.

The MoU will also focus on heart and lung transplants supported by organ support systems, Mr. Mohandas added.

Key challenges

Kumud Dhital, programme director, Heart and Lung Transplant, the Alfred Hospital, who has performed 40 transplants with organ support systems, said one of the key challenges in organ transplant was the short duration available between harvesting the organ and transplanting it to the recipient.

According to him, using organ support systems, the duration of three to four hours, available in the conventional method of transporting a heart in an ice box can be easily doubled.

Similarly, a technique named Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP), a form of organ support system, could be used to keep the pair of lungs “alive”, he added.

Organ availability

Apart from improving the time available for transplant, he said the EVLP technique could also improve organ availability.

Mallika Mohandas, chairperson, MIOT International, signed the MoU with Dr. Kumud Dhital.

Vijit K. Cherian, director, Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery; Prakash M. Ludhani, cardiothoracic and transplant (Heart and Lung) surgeon; and M. Manimaran, pulmonologist and allergist, were present.

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