Machine perfusion systems and cold static storage of kidneys from deceased donors

NICE technology appraisals [TA165] Published date:

The following methods are recommended for storing kidneys from donors who have died:

  • machine perfusion using the LifePort kidney transporter
  • cold static storage using Belzer UW storage solution or Marshall's hypertonic citrate solution.

The choice of storage method should be based on:

  • the expertise and equipment available to the teams collecting the kidney
  • how the teams are organised, and
  • the distances involved.

If more than one of the storage methods are equally suitable the least costly should be used.

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