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This is a prospective, pilot trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of The Paragonix SherpaPak™ Cardiac Transport System ("SherpaPak CTS") in transportation of cardiac allografts recovered from donors after circulatory death with thoracoabdominal normothermic regional perfusion (TA-NRP). SherpaPak™ CTS is an ultraportable hypothermic preservation and transport system that has been approved by United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for clinical use in heart transplantation.


Clinical Trial Description

The investigators will accept donors between the ages of 18 and 49 without any known history of coronary artery disease, insulin dependent diabetes, or long-term smoking (>20 pack/years) and normal baseline cardiac function (EF>50) assessed with transthoracic echocardiogram. Donors will be selected and matched to the recipients based on standard criteria (blood group, cross-match, size match, and clinical stability). The current procedure of donation after circulatory death (DCD) and procurement follows a well-established course. After consent is obtained, the organs are allocated through United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). All organs will be recovered with protocolized UNMC DCD TA-NRP technique that involves reestablishment of blood flow in-situ after donor's circulatory arrest using portable venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO). Organs will be transported from a donor site to recipient center with the SherpaPak™ CTS. All organs will be transplanted at Nebraska Medicine. Recipients ("subjects") will be followed from transplant through one-year post-transplantation. ;


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NCT number NCT05038943
Study type Interventional
Source University of Nebraska
Contact Rachel E Halstead (Gross), RN, BSN
Phone 402-559-3665
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date September 1, 2021
Completion date September 1, 2023

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