Safe Transport Of Organs

Since organs may be transported from one center to another, uniform packaging and storage is essential to ensure all organs are able to be transplanted upon reaching their destination. All organs must be placed in triple sterile plastic bags as well as a rigid container and placed on ice in a 1-172" thick polystyrene container. All containers must be labeled, donor paperwork included, and an additional red top tube of blood sent to the receiving center. Depending on the organ and distance to be traveled, transportation may be by ground, commercial flight, or chartered jet. If the organs retrieved are not being sent to other centers, they may be safely stored in triple sterile bags on ice in insulated coolers. The outer container must be moisture resistant and clearly marked with a UNOS donor identification number and a biologic hazard designation label.

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