Evaluation of Safety and Effectiveness of The SherpaPak in Donation After Circulatory Death Heart Transplantation

  • End date
    Sep 1, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Nebraska
Updated on 19 October 2021


This is a prospective, pilot trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of The Paragonix SherpaPak Cardiac Transport System ("SherpaPak CTS") in transportation of cardiac allografts recovered from donors after circulatory death with thoracoabdominal normothermic regional perfusion (TA-NRP). SherpaPak CTS is an ultraportable hypothermic preservation and transport system that has been approved by United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for clinical use in heart transplantation.


The investigators will accept donors between the ages of 18 and 49 without any known history of coronary artery disease, insulin dependent diabetes, or long-term smoking (>20 pack/years) and normal baseline cardiac function (EF>50) assessed with transthoracic echocardiogram. Donors will be selected and matched to the recipients based on standard criteria (blood group, cross-match, size match, and clinical stability). The current procedure of donation after circulatory death (DCD) and procurement follows a well-established course. After consent is obtained, the organs are allocated through United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). All organs will be recovered with protocolized UNMC DCD TA-NRP technique that involves reestablishment of blood flow in-situ after donor's circulatory arrest using portable venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO). Organs will be transported from a donor site to recipient center with the SherpaPak CTS. All organs will be transplanted at Nebraska Medicine. Recipients ("subjects") will be followed from transplant through one-year post-transplantation.

Condition determination of death, Death, Outcome Measure, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Heart Transplant Failure, Extracorporeal Life Support
Treatment Paragonix SherpaPak Cardiac Transport System
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05038943
SponsorUniversity of Nebraska
Last Modified on19 October 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Recipient is 19 years old
Recipient, or their designated healthcare proxy, is able and willing to sign informed consent
Recipient meets standard listing criteria for heart transplantation

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Recipient is < 19 years old
Recipient, or their designated healthcare proxy, is unable to sign informed consent
Recipient has any condition that, in the opinion of the Investigator, would make study participation unsafe or would interfere with the objectives of the study
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