How long can organs be preserved for transplantation after their removal?
A. Once the organs have been removed, they are cooled and preserved. Organs can be preserved for varying amounts of time: hearts and lungs — 6 hours; liver, pancreas, and intestines — 24 hours; and kidney — 48 hours. Organ and tissue recovery centers More specific information may be obtained from the Organ and Tissue Centers nearest you. Central Florida Lions Eye Bank, Inc., Tampa (813) 835-5466 Central Florida Tissue Bank, Inc., Orlando (800) 753-9109 Florida Lions Eye Bank, Miami (305) 324-4340 (800) 232-2892 LifeLink of Florida, Tampa (800) 262-5775 LifeLink of Southwest Florida, Ft. Myers (800) 359-6667 LifeLink Tissue Bank, Tampa (813) 886-8111 Medical Eye Bank of Florida, Orlando (321) 422-2020 North Florida Lions Eye Bank, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Tallahassee, Pensacola and other Northern areas (800) 822-GIVE Organ Procurement Organization at the University of Florida Jacksonville, Gainesville and other Northern areas (352) 395-0632 or (800) 535-GIVE Southeast Tissue Alliance