Education Corner: The Opioid Epidemic – Organ Donation & Organ Transplantation

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The Impact on Organ Donation

The U.S. epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose has significantly impacted another major health crisis concerning the pressing need for life-saving organ transplants. The collision of the two crises has led to an increase in organ availability due to the generous gift of grieving families who have lost a ...

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Hospital staff line corridors for donor ‘Walk of Respect’

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BOISE, Idaho – Workers and medical staff at a hospital in Idaho recently lined the halls to pay their respects for an organ donor.

Staff there call it a “Walk of Respect.”

St. Luke’s Health System posted the video to its Facebook page, showing staffers lining the halls as a patient is moved from intensive care to an operating room where he was removed from machine support.

“Thank you to the family for allowing us to honor and share,” the ...

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Penn Medicine Holds Virtual Classes for Transplant Candidates

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Penn Medicine runs one of the preeminent medical programs in the U.S. their hospitals are routinely ranked among the top 10 in the country. One reason might be that their transplant patients get a healthy dose of education before even getting on to a list.

Both transplant candidates and their caregivers are required to take an online course on the procedure before they can be considered. To improve convenience, Penn Medicine lung transplant nurse coordinator Daniel Miller developed a live online ...

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Education Corner: Clinical and Ethical Challenges in Pediatric Brain Death Determination

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Definition of Pediatric Brain Death

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

Determination of brain death in neonates, infants and children relies on a clinical diagnosis that is based on the absence of neurologic function with a known irreversible cause of coma.

Determination of Brain Death

  1. Identify the cause of irreversible brain injury
  2. Exclude conditions that can ...
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UT Southwestern demonstrates efficacy of portable donor liver system

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UT Southwestern announced its participation in the Liver PROJECT trial of a portable system designed to keep livers warm and blood circulating prior to liver transplantation, according to a press release.

“It’s like a virtual transplant,” Malcolm MacConmara, MD, from UT Southwestern’s department of surgery and lead researcher of the Liver PROTECT study, said in the release. “By putting the liver on the machine, we can truly approximate the conditions of the body. We provide oxygen, blood and nutrition to the liver and watch how ...

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Education Corner: Frailty Among Kidney Transplant Candidates

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What is the Clinical Definition of Frailty?

The frailty phenotype is a multi-component syndrome in which three or more of the following criteria are met:

Are Frail Kidney Transplant Candidates at Risk of Poor Outcomes?

Kidney Transplant Candidates, regardless of age, are highly vulnerable to adverse events while awaiting a transplant. In kidney transplant candidates, frailty is associated with increased odds of fair or poor HRQOL (Health-Related Quality of Life) ...

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Redefining the Donation Conversation in New #BeTheGift Campaign

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Signing up to be an organ donor means thinking about what happens after you die, which can be uncomfortable, so DCI Donor Services is appealing to potential donors differently.

“We thought what we had to do was battle these myths and misunderstandings about organ and tissue donation,” said Michael Ashmore, communications director at DCI. “As it turns out, when we started talking about this campaign, all these myths are such a small percentage of why people don’t do it. People just ...

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Sun’s Harms Rise After Organ Transplant

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Organ transplant recipients are at increased risk for skin cancer and need to protect themselves, a dermatologist warns.

“Individuals who receive organ transplants need to take immunosuppressive medications for the rest of their lives, and this makes it more difficult for their bodies to fight disease, including skin cancer,” said Dr. Christina Lee Chung. She is former director of the Drexel Dermatology Center for Transplant Patients in Philadelphia.

“On top of that, some of these medications make the skin more sensitive to ...

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PBS News Explores Controversy of Compensation for Kidney Donors

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From PBS News Hour: In the U.S., Medicare spending on dialysis accounts for nearly 1 percent of the entire federal budget, and the cost is growing. On the other hand, kidney transplants are actually less expensive and offer the possibility of getting back to work and off disability, but there are not enough for every patient in need. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at ...

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Hepatitis C-positive Heart Transplants: Safer After All?

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As of July 5, 2018, there are 3,960 people in the United States on the waitlist for a heart transplant. That’s only a fraction of the 114,554 people who need organ transplants. There is a great need for organ donations, and physicians at the University of Washington Medical Center have initiated a protocol to help with that.

The UW heart transplant team, led by Dr. Jason Smith, the associate surgical director of heart transplantation and a cardiac surgeon, plans to transplant hearts from ...

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