Life-Saving App Expedites Organ Transplant Medical Flights

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When it comes to organ transplants, there is no time to lose trying to find a medical flight. In order to simplify and expedite the process, what is needed is a centralized network hub that can work out all the details, explains Sim Shain, CEO and Founder of ParaFlight EMS and Aviation, and OrganFlights.com.
There were 39,718 transplants—from living and deceased donors—performed in 2019 in the United States. There is an urgent need to simplify medical flights; whether it is to transport the organ or the surgeon. There has to be an easier and more expeditious way of booking an organ flight.

It goes without saying that time is of the essence when it comes to organ transplants as an organ can live for only so long once outside the human body. For example, kidneys, the most commonly transplanted organ, can last between 24 and 36 hours—livers last 12-15 hours. On the other side of the spectrum, a heart only lasts between 4 and 6 hours; the same for lungs.(1) When time is at a premium, you cannot waste it trying to procure an air ambulance or organ transplant flight. "There is an urgent need to simplify medical flights; whether it is to transport the organ or the surgeon. There has to be an easier and more expeditious way of booking an organ flight," said Sim Shain, CEO and Founder of ParaFlight EMS and Aviation, and OrganFlights.com.

Facts About Organ Transplantation

Once the organ is removed from the body, it must be preserved quickly. The organ is placed in special solutions and packed in ice. (2)

There were 39,718 transplants—from living and deceased donors—performed in 2019 in the United States.(3)

All organs to be used for a transplant are accompanied by a certified courier, sometimes by a surgeon (procurement team) and all are tracked by a monitoring device. (2)

Currently, to procure such a flight, the hospital or medical center, in conjunction with the organ transplant organization, reaches out to companies that fly organs to see which one is available. Precious moments are wasted attempting to acquire the flight. And even though these organizations function 24 hours a day 7 days a week, the problem is exacerbated after hours, weekends and holidays when much of the transplant activity occurs.

"There are 2 industries involved, the hospital or transplant…
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