2019 Organ Preservation Symposium

This course is targeted to the Preservation Professional with less than one year of experience in the field. It is designed to educate the new professional in the role and responsibilities of an organ preservationist/organ recovery coordinator. The objective of the course is to provide exposure to all aspects of an organ preservationist's responsibilities. The first day is designed with instructional sessions covering the topics outlined below. The second day is a hands-on laboratory experience utilizing kidney pumps.


Sample Agenda:

Day 1:

Overview: Roles and Responsibilities
This session will discuss the role of the organ preservationist/organ recovery coordinator in the context of variances between OPO’s, OPTN requirements, and regulatory impact on practice and ethics.

Basic Techniques and OR Set-up
This session covers Aseptic Techniques including gowning and gloving and Back Table set-up including how to create a sterile field, how to introduce sterile supplies into the field and how to decant solutions.

Organ Recovery: Pre-operative Phase
Attendees will review the pre-recovery process (i.e. consent, research, allocated organs). They will learn how to prepare supplies to bring to the donor hospital, how to instruct hospital staff on their roles during the recovery process, verify donor identification and documentation, ensure that the donor is properly positioned for the procedure, and how to obtain the necessary blood samples.

Organ Recovery: Intraoperative Phase
Attendees will learn about preservation solutions, preparing flush lines, communicating with recovery staff (eg. venting, donor stability, perfusion systems, flush status), ensuring medications have been administered, preparing for cannulation and cross clamp, establishing control for flush, ensuring adequate suction is available, documenting critical information, identifying abnormalities in the recovery process, coordinating the recovery of biopsies, and coordinating the recovery of lymph nodes, spleen, and vessel recovery.

This session will review the anatomy of the Heart, Lungs, Liver, Kidney, and Pancreas to identify structures and to be able to document aberrant findings. Attendees will be able to identify the most common cannulation sites and the most common cross-clamp sites.

Specimen Collection
Attendees will learn about the collection of blood, lymph nodes and spleen, and vessels including recovery, packaging and labeling requirements.

Packaging, Labeling, and Shipping
This session will discuss labeling and packaging requirements for organs including verification procedures, label requirements, packaging materials, maintaining proper insulation and temperature, and required documentation.

Day 2:

This day will be dedicated entirely to a hands-on laboratory experience giving attendees the opportunity to use the LifePort Kidney Pump and the WAVES System with actual kidneys. It will allow attendees to experience the differences in the two systems and gain practice in putting kidneys on a pump. Facilitators will be representatives from ORS and Waters.

Day 2 Example



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Updated 3-21-2019