Transplant organ courier services are employed by donor agencies and hospitals to transfer organs from hospital to hospital. Couriers travel by car or airplane, carrying small containers full of ice and the organ. Establishing a transplant organ courier service can start with agreements from local hospitals or organ donation agencies. The courier service will be called in to pick up the organ and carry it to a separate location. The primary method of start-up can be car, but if the capital is available, a cross-country or international courier service can be established with a private plane or employees who can take commercial flights at a moment's notice.
Check with your state health services department to ascertain whether any special licenses or training is required to operate as a transplant organ courier.
Purchase reliable transportation equipment. If you live in a remote area, a helicopter or small bi-plane may be an ideal choice for carrying organs from one local hospital to another. You will need a pilot's license to fly. Alternatively, hire a pilot to keep on staff. Automobiles, such as cars and trucks, can be adapted with sirens that allow you to cut through traffic to deliver time-sensitive transplant organs. Over 40 human parts have the potential for transplant. Kidneys have a 72 hour window to survive outside of the body. Hearts and lungs, however, only have a four-hour transplant window and must be delivered expediently.
Secure agreements with hospitals and donor services organizations to use your services for their transplant organ courier needs. List the advantages of using your service over another, such as your helicopter and licensed pilot. Negotiate prices for your services. Be sure to consider the cost of operating your business when negotiating. Keep a bottom line that is a few percentage points above the cost of fuel, equipment maintenance, salaries and registering. Include a clause in the contract that indicates whether your service will be expected to supply refrigeration for the organ or whether the hospital will supply that equipment.
Obtain small Styrofoam and hardshell coolers in which to transport organs if required by the hospital. Organ transplant cases should be clearly marked "Biohazard" in orange and black lettering.
Respond immediately to calls from the hospital or donation services coordinator. Expect to receive calls at any time of night. Organ donors die at different times throughout a 24 hour cycle, making transplant organ courier a 24 hour job. Waste no time in getting to the hospital to retrieve or deliver the organ as timely service will maximize the transplant potential of the organ.