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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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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‘This room becomes sacred.’ The heroic and heartbreaking journey of one organ donor’s body

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The woman lay draped and still on the operating table, while nurses and surgical techs bustled around the room, placing surgical equipment on the tables surrounding her. As the surgeon moved closer to the patient, a tall man in scrubs stepped forward and cleared his throat.

“Time out,” Steven Ashley said, and the room fell silent.

He read a few words about the woman no one in the room knew, but who was the reason they were there that night. He shared personal messages from ...

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Opioid epidemic leads to more organ donors, transplants across the country

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In a rising tide of tragedy with no end in sight, figures through half of this year point to another record year of opiod-related deaths across the country in 2017.

The number of organ donors who died of overdoses more than doubled across the country from 625 in 2014 to 1,263 in 2016, and is projected to rise to about 1,400 this year, according to federal data. That same data shows that most of that increase came from Appalachian states like ...

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Howard M. Nathan: Survey Highlights Serious Gap Between Support for Organ Donation and Donor Registrations

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The holidays are here and Pennsylvanians are embracing a renewed sense of giving. However, a recent survey found that many people are reluctant to think about the greatest gift of all: the gift of life.

Donate Life PA commissioned a poll to understand the hesitation about organ donation. We asked 400 Pennsylvania adults who are currently not registered organ donors: “If you were sick or injured and needed an organ or tissue transplant, would you accept the donation?”

Eighty-two percent of people ...

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Olympic Coach Saves Lives of Four People

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Stefan Henze, the German Olympic canoe slalom coach who died after a car crash in Rio, has saved the lives of four people by being an organ donor.

Henze was involved in crash near the Olympic park in the Brazilian city last Friday. He was taken to hospital with head injuries and underwent emergency brain surgery but died on Monday as a result of the injuries.

Henze, who was in Rio as part of the German canoe slalom coaching team, was also ...

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Reduction in Delayed Kidney-Graft Function through Therapeutic Hypothermia

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A study recently published in the New England Journal, discusses the use of therapeutic hypothermia in the care of organ donors and the impact on delayed kidney-graft function. Delayed graft function, is reported in up to 50% of kidney-transplant recipients and leads to increased healthcare costs and diminished long-term graft function. Dr. Claus Niemann from UC San Francisco and his study-team, randomly enrolled brain dead organ donors from two large donation service areas in to two temperature ranges: 34-35C (hypothermia) ...

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5-Year-Old Girl Helps Others Through Organ Donation

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Persephonee Norma Banks “showed amazing kindness to everyone she met”, according to her parents Chris and Amee Banks, and she will live on in others as her organs save three lives, including that of a 6-year old.
The 5-year-old Minnesota girl died from a rare strep infection. “She taught me…to live and love life and just worry about the important things like love and sharing with friends and family”, according to Chris Banks.

Read the full story at: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/organs-5-year-old-girl-died-strep-save-3-article-1.2133739 

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