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Harvesting the Hand

  • Marco Lanzetta
  • Roberta Nolli
  • Lorenzo Bettella

Abstract

Harvesting a hand from a brain-dead donor means first of all that for some time, a team of surgeons have been on call waiting for the right donor. When finally there is a possible donor, especially if he or she is located far away from the hand transplantation unit, time is extremely important. No delays in preparing the necessary instruments and materials are acceptable. In our unit, we have a ready backpack containing what we need to face any possible scenario once we reach the intensive care unit where the donor is located. By having its own materials and instruments, the team is self-sufficient, and no request for materials or instruments are necessary once at the donor’s place. Due to the characteristics of our country and the heavy traffic that can be expected on the major highways, we have a helicopter at our disposal.

Keywords

Brachial Artery Heavy Traffic Needle Holder Major Highway Pneumatic Tourniquet 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Italia 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco Lanzetta
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Roberta Nolli
    • 1
  • Lorenzo Bettella
    • 6
  1. 1.Italian Institute of Hand Surgery MonzaMilanItaly
  2. 2.Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery UnitSan Gerardo HospitalMonza, MilanItaly
  3. 3.University of Milan-BicoccaMilanItaly
  4. 4.University of CanberraAustralia
  5. 5.International Hand and CompositeTissue Allograft SocietyAustralia
  6. 6.Hand Surgery and Microsurgery UnitSan Gerardo HospitalMonza, MilanItaly

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