This technology appraisal covers the available methods of storing kidneys from deceased donors – that is, LifePort kidney transporter, Belzer University of Wisconsin (Belzer UW) storage solution and Marshall's hypertonic citrate solution. No cost data were available to the Committee to allow recommendations to be made for the RM3 renal preservation system.
1.1 Machine perfusion using the LifePort kidney transporter and cold static storage using Belzer UW storage solution or Marshall's hypertonic citrate solution are recommended as options for the storage of kidneys from deceased donors.
1.2 The choice of storage method should take into account clinical and logistical factors in both the retrieval teams and transplant centres. In situations where different storage methods are considered equally appropriate, then the least costly should be used.