Organ Care System Kits In 2014/15, we raised enough money to buy 11 Organ Care System kits for Harefield Hospital Organ Care Systems (OCS) are fantastic machines that keep recently donated hearts and lungs working during transportation. Unlike conventional transportation methods, which rely on ice preservation, an OCS can keep an organ suitable for transplantation for up to 12 hours, rather than the usual 3. Harefield Hospital has two OCS machines, one for hearts and one for lungs. They allow organs from as far away as Scotland to be used to save the life of someone in northwest London. Every transportation requires a new, disposable ‘kit’ to connect the organ to the Care System unit, to avoid the risk of infection. In 2014/15, we reached our fundraising target to buy 11 of these kits, effectively saving the lives of 11 patients. Thank you for helping us to make this happen. >> Hear from Steven Gietzen, whose brother's life was saved thanks to a new heart, kept viable by an OCS machine.