Education Corner: The 2019 Donate Life Rose Parade Float

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Each year on New Year’s Day, the world’s most visual campaign to inspire organ, eye, and tissue donation is displayed at the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California. Celebrating its 16th year, the Donate Life Float continues its mission to save and heal lives by bringing attention to the life-saving impact of the ...

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First baby born to woman with uterus transplanted from deceased donor

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For the first time, a baby has been born to a woman who received a uterus transplant from a deceased donor, according to Hospital das Clínicas at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine in Brazil.

The Brazilian team followed protocols established by Dr. Mats Brännström and his team at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, where the first successful uterus transplant, that one from a living donor, was performed in 2013. That recipient mother gave birth in 2014.

The donor, a 45-year-old ...

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Researchers look to drones as pathway to increase organ utilization

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University of Maryland researchers recently reported an initial investigation of drone-based organ transportation as a potential pathway towards expanding the donor organ pool.

To monitor the organ, researchers developed new technologies that provided the real-time organ status using a wireless biosensor combined with an organ global positioning system. Fourteen drone organ missions were performed.

Temperatures remained stable and low (2.5 °C). Pressure changes (0.37–0.86 kPa) correlated with increased altitude. Drone travel was associated with less vibration (less than 0.5 ...

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Education Corner: National Donor Sabbath 2018

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In 2018, National Donor Sabbath will be observed November 9-11.

Observed annually in November, National Donor Sabbath is recognized and celebrated by major religions, donor families, transplant recipients, and professionals within the donation and transplantation community. This three-day observance takes place from Friday through Sunday in an effort to include the main days ...

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Liver transplant patients gain survival benefits by accepting organs from older donors, new research shows

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BOSTON: Patients with advanced liver disease who accept liver transplants donated by people over age 70 reduce their long-term risk of death significantly compared with similar patients who decline the same offer. That survival benefit remains across the range of Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) scores, according to new research findings presented at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2018.

Transplant surgeons predominately use livers from donors under age 70 in order to avoid risks such as graft failure ...

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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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