Study to look at extending heart transplantation donor pool

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With $4 million in funding from the Brockman Medical Research Foundation, surgeons and scientists at Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Heart Institute will study the utility of previously unused organs to increase the number of heart transplantations, potentially making transplant possible for thousands of patients who die while waiting for an acceptable heart to become available.

“Only 3,000 heart transplants are performed annually and several thousand people with end-stage heart failure who are on the waitlist and could benefit from a ...

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Donation After Circulatory Death May Have Positive Outcomes for Liver Transplant

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Liver donations after circulatory death may experience long warm ischemia time; however, these organs may still lead to positive outcomes for liver transplant recipients, per published findings in Liver Transplantation.

“Donation after circulatory death donors are one of the solutions to expand the donor pool for liver transplantation,” Koji Hashimoto, MD, PhD, department of general surgery, Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic, told Healio.com/Hepatology. “Compared to liver transplantation from brain dead donors, [donation after circulatory death] organs are generally considered to ...

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Targeting the Innate Immune Response to Improve Cardiac Graft Recovery after Heart Transplantation: Implications for the Donation after Cardiac Death

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Heart transplantation (HTx) is the ultimate treatment for end-stage heart failure. The number of patients on waiting lists for heart transplants, however, is much higher than the number of available organs. The shortage of donor hearts is a serious concern since the population affected by heart failure is constantly increasing. Furthermore, the long-term success of HTx poses some challenges despite the improvement in the management of the short-term complications and in the methods to limit graft rejection. Myocardial injury occurs ...

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Education Corner – FPA and DCDD

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First Person Authorization (FPA) and Donation after Circulatory Determination of Death (DCDD)

Foundational and Legal Considerations

  • The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) is state law governing the organ donation process after death, including who can authorize donation. The UAGA is based on gift law and not informed consent principles.
  • An adult individual who has registered to be a donor is authorizing an anatomical gift to be made after death. The anatomical gift (e.g. donor  registration) is irrevocable upon the donor’s death.
  • The gift of ...
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