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2015 Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest
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Why I Celebrate My Transplant Nurse
Nominations due by Friday, 13 March 2015


As appreciation of this important day grows, ITNS is committed to creating more opportunities for nurses to celebrate their contributions. In April 2006, ITNS created Transplant Nurses Day to raise awareness of the unique contributions transplant nurses make in the lives of the people with whom they work, especially their patients. The celebration takes place the third Wednesday in April, this year 15 April, and recognizes the skill and commitment of transplant nurses around the world. The Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest allows patients to nominate an ITNS transplant nurse who has made a difference in their lives.

Help ITNS spread the word! Feel free to print the contest brochure and display it at your hospital or workplace. Encourage your patients to nominate an ITNS member for this prestigious award!
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The ITNS Foundation — Advancing Transplant Care One Nurse at a Time
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Help us make a difference in transplant nursing by directly supporting the valuable research and education of ITNS members who strive to improve patient care in every way. Please consider a gift to the ITNS Foundation and join us as we work to improve transplant patient care. We are proud that every dollar you donate goes toward educational seminars or symposiums, and to members to further their professional development and clinical expertise and directly apply that knowledge to their own patients or research in their own work settings. Click here to support the ITNS Foundation or call 847-375-6340.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Spain tops world organ donation rankings
The Local Spain
Spanish surgeons beat their own organ donation record in 2014 despite serious cuts to the country's health system in recent years.
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Organs from anonymous living donors save lives but raise ethical concerns
National Post via The Vancouver Sun
Some critics worry that living donors generally receive too little information about the potential risks, and that the long-term effects have not been properly studied, issues that arguably become more acute when there is no relationship with the recipient.
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Taiwan seems cool to China's offer of transplant organs
The Epoch Times
Late last year the Chinese Communist Party's organ transplantation czar, Huang Jiefu, made an unusual proposal — that maybe in the future, Taiwanese patients would be able to have Chinese organs packed onto planes and flown to them to be transplanted in their own hospitals. The offer is odd because it would be a twist on the theme of "transplant tourism," which is generally frowned upon, especially in the circumstances under which China offers it: organs from executed prisoners.
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Cardiac specialists recommend donor heart allocation changes
Medical Xpress
A group of leading cardiac specialists has proposed new guidelines for the allocation of donor hearts to patients awaiting transplant. The changes are aimed at improving the organ distribution process to increase the survival rate of patients awaiting transplant and post-transplant.
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Bengaluru: Rising number of organ transplants, green corridors to save lives
IBN Live
With a long waiting list of patients in need of a transplant, the demand is far higher than the supply. According to the Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka for Transplantation, there are 1,500 people in its waiting list but the coordinators have received only 104 organ donors since it began in 2007. And getting an organ transplant is a long wait especially for those in government hospitals as only Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru, is authorized to do transplants.
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3-D-printing with DNA-coated nanoparticles as a 'smart glue'
Nanowerk News
DNA molecules provide the "source code" for life in humans, plants, animals and some microbes. But now researchers report an initial study showing that the strands can also act as a glue to hold together 3-D-printed materials that could someday be used to grow tissues and organs in the lab.
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'Only 20.5 percent hospitals performed cadaver organ transplant in 2014'
The Indian Express
Several hospitals in the city, registered for organ donation, have not performed even a single life-saving transplant in the past year. They will now have to pull up their socks with the Directorate of Health Services in the process of issuing notices to these hospitals for the first time.
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