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.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guidance represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, health professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients. The application of the recommendations in this guidance is at the discretion of health professionals and their individual patients and do not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to provide the funding required to enable the guidance to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients wish to use it, in accordance with the NHS Constitution. They should do so in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities.

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