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Organ Transportation Logistical Challenges

Thursday, December 01, 2022, at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

Continuing Education Credits

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Organ Transportation Logistical Challenges

Thursday, December 01, 2022, at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST / 11:00am – 12:00pm PST

Purpose / Goal

The Alliance Conversation Series brings you cost-free, fast-paced collaborative opportunities that highlight successful donation and transplantation practices across the country. Through shared insight, multidisciplinary experts identify solutions to critical challenges affecting the community of practice and actively share them for open discussion and broader knowledge of effective practices.

The Alliance is not an advocacy organization and always intends to maintain an objective and unbiased perspective.

Sessions are designed to be approximately 30-45 minutes in length and encourage real-time feedback and participation from viewers.

Overview: Donated organs that require long-distance transport should arrive at the precise time and be just as viable as those donated locally. There is little room for error when transporting organs. However, with the increasing shortage of ground transportation, aircraft, staffing, and the growth and utilization of perfusion devices, transplant centers and organ procurement organizations (OPOS) are struggling to manage the matching and transport of vital organs to prevent delays, organ loses and the rising costs of transportation.

In this discussion session, our panelists will share their experiences with logistical challenges, mitigating rising transport costs and financial implications, and perfusion device transportation hurdles.

By sharing experiences and possible solutions, we aim to assist in developing practices to alleviate the more persistent struggles.

Learning Objectives
  • Appraise the current state of organ transport logistics, including regional and local transportation prerequisites.
  • Determine opportunities and solutions to aircraft and ground transportation hurdles.
  • Interpret the economics of transportation costs and devise potential solutions to mitigating rising costs.
  • Evaluate transportation requirements for perfusion devices for proactive preparation.


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Megan Bell
Keck USC Transplant Institute
Valerie Chipman
Donor Network West


Who Does This Benefit?

Transplant Center Professionals, Organ Procurement Organization Professionals, Quality Improvement Professionals and Leadership, OPO and Transplant Center Leadership, Directors, Managers, Clinicians, Front-line staff and Individuals interested in improving relationships between OPO and Transplant programs.