Onsite Organ Recovery + Lab

From donor care to transplant timing, the in-house experts at MTS focus on the details of organ and tissue donation to make even more lifesaving transplants a reality.

Our highly trained staff applies the principles of critical care medicine to improve donor management and deliver a larger number of lifesaving organ donations.

More Transplant Opportunities

For years, MTS has applied the principles of critical care medicine to donor management. In 2014, we continued to refine this approach, and added new structure and training programs for our clinical staff. These innovations helped us save more lives through organ donation.

Meet the Recipients

By recovering more high quality organs from our donors, we are able to save more patient lives.

Organs transplanted
to save lives

Organs Transplanted to Save Lives

View By The Numbers

Our range of in-house expertise yields a greater number of transplantable organs and tissues per donor and ensures that each donation is high quality and safe for transplant.

The MTS recovery team combines three layers of expertise to ensure optimal organ recovery from every donor that comes through our door. Our organ procurement coordinators, advanced practice coordinators, and Chief Medical Officer are each responsible for vital roles in the recovery process.

Increasing Organ
Recovery & Transplants

average number of organs transplanted per donor at MTS in 2014, versus a national average of 2.93 organs per donor
increase in the number of hearts recovered at MTS in 2014 — growth that helped our transplant partners perform more heart transplants and save more lives

Organ Procurement

Our organ procurement coordinators are equipped to manage donors using the same level of care that a living patient might receive. This critical care medicine approach ensures that each donor yields as many lifesaving transplants as possible.

Advanced Practice

Advanced practice coordinators are another important tier of MTS' clinical structure. These specially trained organ procurement coordinators perform important organ and tissue recovery procedures including bedside bronchoscopy, lymph node recovery, and placement of central lines.

Donor patients are critically ill, and the information gained from physical examinations, observing the hemodynamics, evaluating the ventilator waveforms, and personally reviewing the radiographs is invaluable. This translates into better medical care and improved organ function, and ultimately into more organs donated.

Dr. Gary Marklin

Chief Medical Officer at MTS

Chief Medical Officer

In 2014, MTS hired Dr. Gary Marklin, MTS’ first onsite, full-time Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Marklin has a background in pulmonary and critical care medicine, and uses this expertise to train our recovery team and provide real-time input on donor management at the bedside in the MTS ICU. This may include performing bronchoscopies, reading chest X-rays and CT scans, or providing consultation on hemodynamically challenging donors.
It is safer for our transplant partners to go to the operating room during the more controlled setting of daytime hours.

Safer Transplant Timing

By applying the principles of critical care medicine to donor management, we are able to adjust our OR times to provide better recipient safety.

Controlled Recovery

of MTS cases go to the operating room between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. — a timeframe that is safer for surgeons and recipients
average number of hours a donor case lasts at MTS, giving us more time to improve organ and tissue quality and control transplant delivery timing

View By The Numbers

Our onsite recovery facilities allow transplant center professionals to regulate surgery times — an adjustment that makes transplant procedures safer for recipients.

We’re really shifting the paradigm of organ donation timing by moving the recovery of organs from the middle of the night to the more controlled setting of daytime hours, when all resources are available. We are now able to keep donors on site and stable for an average of 34 hours, which means we can deliver organs and tissues at the safest possible time.

Donna Smith

Director, Organ Procurement at MTS

Fast, reliable donor screening.
The MTS onsite lab uses a state-of-the-art PCR analyzer to quickly match donors with recipients.

Fast, reliable donor screening

MTS’ onsite lab provides the testing information surgeons need to make important transplant placement decisions in a shorter timeframe.

The benefit of owning an onsite lab is that we are able to invest in our people, in our equipment, and in our space. We have control over the quality that comes out of our lab, and we can adjust our process and timing to provide the safest possible organs and tissues to our transplant partners.

Robert Bresler

Director, Laboratory Services at MTS

lab coverage

in 2014, MTS increased lab staff from five techs to nine, giving us the capacity to run around-the-clock donor testing services
with a full staff 24 hours a day, five days a week and staff on-call for the remaining two days, the onsite MTS lab is in service any time a donor becomes available

View By The Numbers

In 2014 we invested in TIGRIS, a machine that significantly speeds up NAT testing and allows us to start the process of matching organs to donors sooner.

With an onsite lab, we can customize the timing of organ and tissue testing. The sooner our lab can produce serology test results on the donor, the sooner they can deliver the information our transplant partners need to make important decisions about organ and tissue placement.

Patient Waiting

Our onsite laboratory helps us match donations to patients who are awaiting organ and tissue transplants.

Reduction in Lab
Turnaround Time

for organ cases
for tissue cases

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Improvements like this help us facilitate a greater number of life-changing organ and tissue transplants.

Using the principles of critical care medicine and our onsite laboratory, MTS is saving more lives through organ and tissue donation.