• Question: hello how would you preserve body parts and blood to give to another person who is needing them

    Asked by area1say to Michael S, David B, Christie on 13 Mar 2024.
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      Christie Waddington answered on 13 Mar 2024:

      For organs, these are typically put into cold storage until they can be put into another person, but you can only keep them for a short time before they go bad. There are some new technologies that are called “warm perfusion machines” that keep the organ at body temperature that are supposed to keep the organ healthier for longer.

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      David Bremner answered on 14 Mar 2024:

      Blood that people donate is usually kept refrigerated for about 42 days until it is past its “expiry” date, this is why they constantly need people donating to ensure there is enough stock of all the different blood types.

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      Michael Schubert answered on 14 Mar 2024:

      You’ve had some good answers here! Body parts need to be kept as fresh as possible and transported as quickly as possible to keep them healthy and make the swap as smooth as it can be. Organs (or other parts) in cold storage usually have to be rushed from one place to the next to reach the person who needs them quickly. Like David said, though, blood can last longer, which is good because we always need a lot of it!