Education Corner – Hepatitis C Positive Organ Donors – Is That Possible?

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Hepatitis C Positive Organ Donors – Is That Possible? – (Download PDF Version)

About the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)

  • RNA (ribonucleic acid) viral infection
  • Causes liver inflammation and can cause severe liver damage
  • Spread through contaminated blood
  • Half of people infected with HCV are asymptomatic and do not know they are infected

Symptoms Can Include:

  • Almost always only ...
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Education Corner – Serology Testing for Deceased Organ Donors

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SEROLOGY TESTING FOR DECEASED ORGAN DONORS
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Serology Testing Basics

Why test donors? Donor screening for infectious diseases helps prevent unintentional disease transmission to recipients. It is also used to anticipate potential recipient infection and treat the recipient post-transplant.

What is tested? Testing kits are used to detect antigens, antibodies, or ...

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Education Corner – Developing a Transplant Outreach Program

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Developing a Transplant Outreach Program (Download PDF Version)

What is Transplant Outreach?
Have you ever wondered how transplant programs grow their waitlist for organ transplants, how patients know about programs, or how physicians know where to send their patients for a transplant evaluation and to be listed? Transplant outreach programs are a strategy ...

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Education Corner – Communication in Crisis Moments

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Communication in Crisis Moments (Download PDF Version)
Key to safety in crisis moments = Human Connection

What makes people feel unsafe?

  • Unpredictability
  • Unfamiliarity
  • Loss of control
  • Lack of support systems with no outlets for frustration

Physiological responses to emotions – Polyvagal Theory of Emotions (Stephen Porges)

  • Two branches of the vagus nerve:
    • The myelinated vagus branch ...
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Education Corner – 2018 Donate Life Rose Parade Float

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2018 Donate Life Rose Parade Float
  • Donate Life first entered a float in 2004 in the New Year’s Day Rose Parade.
  • The floats – and the donors and recipients they represent – have been honored repeatedly with various Rose Parade awards.
  • The Donate Life float has become a time-honored tradition for the donation and transplantation community.
  • This year’s Rose Parade theme is “Making a Difference.”
The 2018 Donate Life “The Gift of Time” Float

“The Gift of Time”, depicts a vibrantly colored, tropical backdrop that dates ...

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Education Corner – Brain Death Pronouncement

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Brain Death Pronouncement

Summary Points:

  • State legislation provides guidance on requirements for brain death determination.
  • The AAN provides best practice recommendations for the determination process.
  • Ancillary tests are not required by legislation, but should be utilized only when the clinical examination cannot be fully performed or confounders cannot be corrected.
  • Apnea testing is not an ancillary test – it is an essential part of the clinical evaluation, testing brainstem function.

Best practices in pronouncing brain death include following state legislative requirements and the American ...

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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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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 – 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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