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Packing a bag

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Once you are waitlisted, you should pack an overnight bag and keep it somewhere where you can retrieve it quickly. Lungs will survive for a limited time outside the body. So once lungs are procured from a donor, the clock starts ticking. Items you should include in your overnight bag are:

  • Your insurance card
  • Photo ID
  • Enough oxygen to get you to and from the hospital (in case the surgery is canceled)
  • Medicine for 24 hours
  • Toiletries
  • Phone numbers of friends and loved ones
  • Your cell phone

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