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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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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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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Education Corner – Donate Life ECHO

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DONATE LIFE ECHO: EVERY COMMUNITY HAS OPPORTUNITY
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On a yearly basis, during the second and third full weeks of July, a two-week outreach campaign known as Donate Life ECHO is observed. This nationally-recognized initiative focuses on educating multicultural communities on the importance of donation and transplantation and registering to ...

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A Dream Starting to Come True: Wearable Kidneys

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Without a transplant, patients with kidney failure need dialysis to stay alive. Dialysis does a good job of cleaning the blood and removing extra fluid, but it takes a lot of time and can hurt a patient’s quality of life. Since the 1970s, doctors have been trying to make a dialysis machine that patients can wear. The hope has always been to free patients from a huge machine that keeps them tied down. But there were no parts small and ...

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Man with world’s largest kidneys receives transplant at Mayo Clinic

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Champion. A title Gene Okun relishes.

Now, the man once-dubbed “Baby Arnold Schwarzenegger” holds a title he never wanted.

Doctors believe Okun, a former powerlifter and bodybuilder, has the largest kidneys in the world. An average kidney is the size of your fist. Okun’s are bigger than a football.

“I can’t say growing bigger kidneys was on my list of dream accomplishments. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, I am now famous for big ...

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Hepatitis C positive lungs safely transplanted to patients

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Lungs from donors who had hepatitis C have been successfully transplanted into 10 patients at Toronto General Hospital (TG).

All patients have recovered from their transplant surgery. Eight of them have already tested negative for the virus and the last two patients have recently started taking the drug regimen.

The transplants are part of a clinical trial that is the first to assess the safety of transplanting hepatitis positive organs to non-infected patients using the ex vivo technology. Developed at TG in 2008, the Toronto Ex Vivo ...

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