Paragonix Technologies Inc. announced that the first series of pediatric donor hearts preserved and transported using the Paragonix SherpaPak Cardiac Transport System occurred at University of Florida Health and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital (TN). Starting in Q1 2019, Paragonix SherpaPak™ CTS has been shipped with heart connectors covering most aortic diameters, permitting the anchoring of variously sized hearts, including small pediatric hearts, to its proprietary suspension system for improved donor heart transport.
“Optimal preservation of donor’s hearts is crucial. We have used Paragonix SherpaPak™ CTS to ensure protection of donor hearts transplanted at our Center, where we have transplanted three patients after using this type of preservation during transport,” said cardiothoracic surgeon Mark Bleiweis, MD, the William G. Lassiter Jr. and Aneice R. Lassiter Professor and director of the UF Health Congenital Heart Center at UF Health, the University of Florida’s academic health center. “We have now adopted Paragonix SherpaPak Cardiac Transport System for routine preservation of pediatric donor hearts.”Learn more about UF Health Participated in First Successful Cardiac Transport System in Pediatric Transplant Recipients.