Education Corner – Developing Advances in Organ Transplantation: Organ Banking – What is it?

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Developing Advances in Organ Transplantation: Organ Banking – What is it?

A New World?

Imagine a world where no one who needs an organ transplant has to wait for an organ to become available. A transplant in this new world would be a scheduled surgery. Families who want the donation process to occur quickly could easily be accommodated, as the organs can be recovered and banked until the right ...

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Donor intervention strategies have potential to increase number of transplantable organs

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In a recent article published in The Hastings Center Report, the authors assert that “interventional research on deceased organ donors and donor organs prior to transplant holds the promise of reducing the number of patients who die waiting for an organ by expanding the pool of transplantable organs and improving transplant outcomes.” The authors posit, “one of the key challenges researchers face is an assumption that someone who receives an organ that was part of an interventional research ...

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Virtual Journal Club: To Presume Consent or Not to Presume Consent?

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To Presume Consent or Not to Presume Consent? What does the data show? Comparing Organ Donation Rates in “Opt-In” vs. “Opt-Out” Systems

Thomas Mone, MS; CEO OneLegacy, Los Angeles, 2017

Introduction:
Almost every day, somewhere in the world, a news headline calls for countries to adopt Opt-Out organ donation policies. Accompanying the call-to-action, is often a heart-wrenching story of a young child desperately awaiting a lifesaving transplant, or recipients seeking the help of their legislators to modify laws ...

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Education Corner – Communicating CBI / TBI to a Family

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Communicating CBI / TBI to a Family

(CBI / TBI – Catastrophic / Traumatic Brain Injury)

Family Support:
  1. Give frequent updates to family on patient’s condition.
  2. Advocate for family to get questions answered by physicians.
  3. Consult social services / pastoral care / case manager for family support.
  4. Provide and encourage conversations in the family’s preferred language.
  5. Invite family to participate in bedside care (e.g. washing face, applying lotion to hands, etc.).
  6. Encourage personal items in the room (e.g. music, photos, blanket).
  7. Ask family what is most important to them ...
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Education Corner – Supporting Children in Grief & through Donation

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Supporting Children in Grief & through Donation

Supporting children through grief can be a daunting and cause anxiety. Understanding the developmental stages and how to focus the communication can be helpful.

Pace yourself, pause the conversation, and know you can return to this conversation over time.

Developmental Stages & Ages

Birth – 2 Years

  • No understanding of death
  • No words for feelings
  • Notices changes in family emotions and routines

How to help: Meet needs, maintain routines, offer physical contact

3 – 5 Years

  • No ...
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Education Corner – April is National Donate Life Month!

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April is National Donate Life Month!

What is National Donate LIfe Month?

Observed each April, National Donate Life Month (NDLM) features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved and enhanced lives through the gift of donation. Organ procurement organizations, hospital and community partners team up for special events and initiatives to communicate the life-saving and healing power of donation, and the importance ...

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HCV drugs may slash wait times for transplants

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Imagine this: You’re treating a patient with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who has been on the kidney transplant list for almost a year. That’s not a surprising delay; more than 100,000 people are on the waiting list nationwide, and the median wait time is now over 3.5 years. So your patient probably has at least two more years to wait—years of dialysis in which he might become too sick to receive that transplant or die before it becomes available. (More ...

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Education Corner – Organ Allocation Process

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How is it decided who receives the organs from an organ-donor?

Matching & Allocating Organs

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) maintains a centralized computer network (UNetSM), which links all organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and transplant centers, in a secure, real-time environment. UNOS is under contract with Health Services & Resources Administrations (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to administer this process. Their computer network is accessible 24 hours / day, seven days / week.

When ...

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Virtual Journal Club: Current State of Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion

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INTRODUCTION

Lung transplantation is the preferred treatment for patients with end-stage lung disease. Worldwide, the number of lung transplants performed annually has steadily increased, with approximately 4000 lung transplants performed in 2013. Despite this growth, the number of lungs available for transplantation fails to meet the needs of those patients on the waiting list. In the United States alone, 2394 patients were newly listed in 2013 with a waitlist mortality rate of 15.1 per 100 patient years. The supply and demand ...

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Language barriers and the kidney transplant waiting list

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Kidney transplant candidates who live in ZIP codes with more non-English speakers are less likely to make it onto the U.S. active waiting list, according to a recent study.

Those with linguistic barriers – especially in Hispanic and Asian households – also wait longer for a transplant evaluation or never complete one at all.

“The problem likely extends further than merely language. Cultural and educational barriers likely also play a role,” said senior study author Edmund Huang of the Kidney Transplant Program ...

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