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by perfusing them with oxygen and a special solution supplemented with packed red-blood cells during transport. The lungs actually expand and contract while inside the special "box."

The purpose of this trial, INSPIRE, is to compare donor lungs transported using the OCS technology with the standard icebox method. It is also underway at lung transplant centers in Europe, Australia and Canada and will enroll a total of 264 randomized patients. 

St. Joseph's lung transplant program, which is just six-years-old, has performed nearly 200 transplants. Headed by Ross Bremner, MD, PhD, the hospital's lung program has included patients from around the nation, ages 16 to 71.

"We are extremely proud of this program," said Dr. Bremner, St. Joseph's chief thoracic surgeon. "It has grown extraordinarily quickly and has been recognized for excellence by a number of highly respected organizations. Obtaining this technology is a great benefit to our patients who are waiting for that call saying they have new lungs."

In the United States, more than 116,000 men, women and children currently need life-saving organ transplants. More than 2,300 people in Arizona need a transplant.

Located in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is a 607-bed, not-for-profit hospital that provides a wide range of health, social and support services with special advocacy for the poor and underserved. St. Joseph's is a nationally recognized center for quality tertiary care, medical education and research. It includes the internationally renowned Barrow Neurological Institute, the Heart & Lung Institute, and Arizona's first Level I Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons. The hospital is also a respecte
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