University of Maryland Medical Center Surgeon Pioneers Transplant Delivery


Transporting an organ from a donor to a recipient is often a cumbersome process that is prone to mishaps. Dr. Joseph Scalea, a surgeon from the University of Maryland Medical Center, has been testing the use of drones as a faster, more convenient option for organ transportation and delivery. So far, Dr. Scalea has successfully used this method to deliver organs between two medical facilities that are three miles apart. If expanded, he estimates that this method could reduce transplant travel time by up to 70 percent. According to the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), more than 114,000 people are on the transplant waiting list, and about 14 percent of organs end up being discarded because their quality degrades too much during transit.


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