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New heart allocation system both improves and challenges the process

In 2018, the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) implemented a new allocation system for donor hearts with extended geographical sharing. The new system places patients in new medical urgency status classifications – Adult Status 1 through 6 – with specific status qualification criteria at listing.

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New preservation technology expands options for heart transplant

A revolutionary new organ preservation system allows transplant programs to travel farther distances to procure donor hearts and provides the ability to better assess potential donor hearts that have borderline function. Approved by the FDA for use with donor hearts within the last 12 months, the organ care system is a portable, warm perfusion and monitoring system designed to keep a donor heart in a beating, human-like, metabolically active state.

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Baylor Dallas enrolling for clinical trial for patients with post-COVID-19 interstitial lung disease

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is currently enrolling patients in ENDCOV-I: The Study of the Use of Nintedanib in Slowing Lung Disease in Patients with Fibrotic or Non-Fibrotic Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Related to COVID-19. Baylor Dallas is one of seven trial sites throughout the United States.

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