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Monday, January 25, 2016

Mayo Clinic in Florida to build lung restoration center, only second of its kind

Healthcare Financial News | Jeff Legasse

Project will be funded primarily through a series of grants and should ultimately save the Mayo Clinic money

Artist rendering of the new lung transplant center at Mayo Clinic in Florida. (Handout)

The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida will soon be home to a new lung restoration center, which physicians expect will help them effectively refurbish donated lungs for use in transplants.

The center will utilize a burgeoning technology called ex vivo lung perfusion, in which damaged tissue in donor lungs is restored through a cocktail of specialized solutions and gases. The process also can remove excess fluid in the lung, making it clinically viable for transplant.

Mayo has not shared info on costs for the new center, which is slated for completion in late 2017 However, Dr. Cesar Keller, the assigned medical director for the project, said it will be funded primarily through a series of grants and should ultimately save the Mayo Clinic money. Often, when a transplantable lung comes along, the patient is already on a ventilator and requires intensive postoperative care -- an expensive way to take care of patients. Continue reading


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