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Transplant Nursing Scope and Standards Revision Launched
ITNS
The first Scope and Standards for Transplant Nursing (S&S) was published by ITNS in conjunction with the American Nurses Association (ANA) nearly five years ago. A lot has happened in the field of transplantation and health care since that time, and the next few years will undoubtedly be filled with even more change. It is therefore particularly timely that we undertake a review and revision of our S&S now, with an eye toward where we would like to see transplant nursing evolve in the next 3 to 5 years.

As part of the review and revision process, members and other stakeholders are encouraged to offer their input for taskforce consideration. The taskforce is particularly interested in hearing member and stakeholder thoughts regarding what advances have occurred in recent years and what things are on the horizon for transplantation that should be considered for incorporation in our S&S. Comments for taskforce consideration should be sent to Dr. Hathaway at dhathaway@uthsc.edu prior to Friday, February 28, 2014.
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ITNS Chapter Event
ITNS Gateway Chapter
Current Trends in Transplantation Symposium
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Goldfarb School of Nursing

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ITNS Career Center
The ITNS Career Center provides current information on the transplant nursing profession as well as being a resource for exciting new careers. The ITNS Career Center is part of the National Healthcare Career Network, which means you have access to thousands of job postings.

The ITNS Career Center enables you to:
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INDUSTRY NEWS


'Icy' technique improves robotic kidney transplants
redOrbit
A collaboration of surgeons at Henry Ford Hospital and Medanta Hospital in India successfully transplanted kidneys into 50 recipients using an innovative robot-assisted procedure in which the organ is cooled with sterile ice during the operation. The research project advances minimally invasive robotic surgery as a safe alternative to traditional open surgery.
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2013 a record breaking year for organ transplants in Israel
Yeshiva
392 organ transplant operations were performed in Israel in 2013, the most in a single year. 144 of the operations involved live donors, of which 114 were from family members. This represents a 24 percent increase from 2012.
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Cash for kidneys: The case for a market for organs
The Wall Street Journal (Opinion)
In 2012, 95,000 American men, women and children were on the waiting list for new kidneys, the most commonly transplanted organ. Yet only about 16,500 kidney transplant operations were performed that year. Taking into account the number of people who die while waiting for a transplant, this implies an average wait of 4.5 years for a kidney transplant in the U.S. Finding a way to increase the supply of organs would reduce wait times and deaths, and it would greatly ease the suffering that many sick individuals now endure while they hope for a transplant. The most effective change, we believe, would be to provide compensation to people who give their organs — that is, we recommend establishing a market for organs.
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Trends and patterns in patient safety report to OPTN
By Sharee Ann Narciso
A comprehensive report on patient safety situations was sent to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and is now accessible for public review. It was prepared at the request of both OPTN and the Operations and Safety Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing. The report is a summary of safety situations that were gathered through the UNet Improving Patient Safety online portal and other sources. The analysis of the safety issues reported since June 2013 reveals that 23 percent of all issues involved communication breakdown.
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Ethics debate: 'Organ transplants permitted in Islam'
The Express Tribune
Organ transplantation to save life is permitted in Islam. However, it is the government's responsibility to combat organ trafficking and transplant tourism, Dr. Fouzia Kazim, head of the philosophy department at the Government College for Women, said.
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Best US states for child kidney transplants revealed
LiveScience
Need a kidney for a sick child? Consider moving to Georgia, or one of the other U.S. states where the odds of quickly getting a life-saving kidney donation are much higher than in other places. Waiting times for kidneys for children with renal disease can vary widely, from a few weeks to a few years, depending on which state you live in, according to a new analysis published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
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AIIMS director: 'Brain dead' cases should be notifiable for higher organ donation cases
The Health Site
It should be made mandatory for every hospital to notify "brain dead" cases without delay, so that donation of organs is more efficient, M.C. Mishra, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, said. "Every morning I am notified about the cases of brain deaths in the intensive care unit, with nearly 80 to 100 cases recorded in a year. However, the conversion rate is as less as 10 percent," Mishra said, adding that early declaration could help in increasing cadaver organ donation.
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Hope for patients as kidney transplant center opens in Dubai
The National
Thousands of dialysis patients have been given hope of a new life with the opening of the emirate's first kidney transplant center. Dubai Hospital is the emirate's first to offer transplants for those with kidney failure, meaning dialysis patients will no longer have to travel abroad for surgery.
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