UK – NICE endorsement means more donor livers could be used for transplantation

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has announced that an “exciting development” could increase the number of livers which can be safely used for transplantation.

A perfusion machine, which can keep a donated liver viable for transplantation for longer, reduces the rate of tissue deterioration that occurs after the liver has been removed from the donor and extends how long the liver can be stored before transplantation.

NICE has issued final guidance which recommends the perfusion machine, potentially increasing the number of organs viable for transplant, saving more lives and reducing liver transplant waiting lists. The procedure will be used under special arrangements as more data is gathered into its efficacy, although no safety concerns have been identified…