Videographer Andrew W. Chan captures his father's experience as a heart transplant recipient using the Organ Transplant System, Heart-in-a-Box.
UCLA leads the way in making more hearts available to save lives. We are working to keep donor hearts healthier, for longer, and to transport donated hearts over greater distances.
We recently led a national, multi-center, phase 2 clinical study of the Organ Care System (OCS), also called "heart in a box" or "beating heart" transplant technology. Learn more about our research and trials.
"Heart in a box" or "beating heart" technology is an experimental heart transplant organ-preservation system.
The Organ Care System (OCS) lets the donor heart continue functioning outside the body while the heart is being transported. The OCS also keeps the heart healthy by protecting it in an environment that is very similar to conditions inside the body - warm and nourished by blood and oxygen.
The OCS works this way:
The OCS has several revolutionary possibilities for heart transplantation:
UCLA also has worked with the developer of the OCS, medical device company TransMedics, on "breathing lung" transplant technology.