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Surgical recovery teams from transplant centers travel to donor hospitals to recover organs. Recovery of organs is always performed in an operating room.

The recovery team typically consists of surgeons, nurses, the transplant coordinator and an organ preservation technician.

Just prior to being removed from a donor, each organ is flushed free of blood with a specially prepared ice-cold preservation solution that contains electrolytes and nutrients. The organs are placed in sterile containers, packaged in wet ice, and transported to the transplant centers.

At that point, organ transplantation proceeds.