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Organ Placement Factors

Considerations for Organ Placement

Donor Age
Depending on the organ, certain cells either develop or deteriorate with age, thus restricting certain organ placements for research.

Organ Function/Quality
Blood gases, enzyme levels and electrolytes are reviewed to ascertain organ function. Ventilator time is also considered since this affects functions of the lung, pancreas, liver, and intestine, and determines if the organ will be viable for research studies.

Serological Results
We do our best to ensure our researchers are working with non-infectious tissue. Unless otherwise requested, IIAM declines donor organs that present serologically positive results.

Medical/Social History
Researchers look for disease states, or lack thereof, to study the physiological pathways of various disorders.

Cold Ischemic Time
After prolonged ischemia, there is evidence of cell deterioration impacting organ viability.

Fat Content/Biopsy Results
Excessive visual steatosis or biopsy results showing disease states such as steatosis, fibrosis, necrosis, and cirrhosis are deterrents for researchers looking to work with viable tissue.




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