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Biotech Innovations
January 14, 2020

“Donation After Circulatory Death” Heart Transplant Is a US First

JAMA. 2020;323(2):111. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.21073

An adult patient received a “donation after circulatory death” (DCD) heart transplant in the first such procedure to take place in the United States. Surgeons at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, recently performed the operation as part of a clinical trial evaluating the Organ Care System (OCS) Heart, an investigational normothermic preservation system from Massachusetts-based TransMedics. An alternative to cold storage, the device keeps the donor heart pumping with warm oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood.