The role of Organ Preservation and the surgical recovery of transplantable organs is the critical responsibility of ensuring that the organ recovery process occurs in an organized manner, that the organs being recovered are perfused properly, that the anatomy of the recovered organs are described accurately, and that each organ is packaged and labeled according to industry standards.
The Surgical Organ Recovery Coordinator (SORC)serves as a surgical first assistant to our recovering surgeons and in addition, will surgically recover organs for research when deemed not transplantable. An Surgical Organ Recovery Coordinator also has the responsibility of machine preservation of kidneys. Some of the responsibilities included in machine preservation are, surgically cannulating and placing kidneys onto a kidney perfusion machine, pharmacological management, monitoring and adjusting pressures, monitoring renal flow and renal resistance values of the kidney. These key responsibility areas of the OPS ensure that these generous gifts are transplantable. A SORC serves as a critically important member of the team of individuals involved in the donation process.