NICE has been notified about this procedure and has considered it part of the Institute’s work programme. This procedure has currently been placed on Monitor.

This procedure has been placed by NICE under monitor because NICE are currently awaiting further publication of literature on this procedure. NICE will review the situation at regular intervals to determine whether the situation has changed. If you would like to be alerted to developments about this procedure, please express your interest to the left of this page.

Status Suspended
Process IP
Referral date 31 May 2012

On average 20% of potential donor lungs in the UK are used for transplantation. The rest are considered unsuitable, usually because of complications associated with attempts to save the donor or injury which occurs in association with death. Organs removed from donors are usually stored in a cold preserving fluid before being implanted into the recipient. This helps to prevent the organ deteriorating but also offers no opportunity for repair of this lung damage. Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion is a technique in which unusable donor lungs which are functioning poorly may be improved so that they can be used in lung transplantation.


Key events during the development of the guidance:

Date Update
30 August 2016 Suspended, Suspended

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