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Are you devoted to the vision of ITNS? Do you have a desire to contribute to your association's development? Build your professional reputation and share your expertise by applying to join the ITNS Board of Directors in 2014. Leaders are responsible for guiding the association, anticipating change in the transplant environment and addressing the interests and needs of members.

If you are interested in applying for a leadership position and becoming a vital part in shaping the future of transplant nursing, review the information about becoming a candidate. The deadline to receive completed candidate applications is Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5 p.m. Central Standard Time (USA).
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Email your chapter events to abegezda@itns.org to get it listed on the ITNS calendar. This is a free membership benefit and a great way to promote chapter events!
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UNOS receives funding to continue organ-labeling technology study
Nephrology News & Issues
The United Network for Organ Sharing said it has received additional federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for continued work on technology to electronically label and track donated organs for transplant. This technology, UNOS said, will enhance efficiency and patient safety by ensuring accuracy of key information on each package for transport.
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UK: Lung transplant waiting list 'should be fairer'
BBC News
Lung disease experts are calling for a new national system to identify lungs for transplant which could double the number of procedures across the U.K. In a report from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, they say lungs should be matched with those most in need, regardless of where they live. A third of cystic fibrosis patients die waiting for a transplant in the U.K.
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Man survives 25 years with donor heart, becoming one of longest-surviving heart recipients
Fox News
Thomas Cook recently celebrated an unexpected milestone, having lived as long with a donor heart as he had with his own. In reality, however, the new heart became his own the moment surgeons transplanted it inside his chest 25 years ago. Cook, 50, is among the longest-surviving heart transplant recipients on record. Even more remarkable, Cook has never experienced any significant rejection episodes or other major medical complications that can occur after heart transplantation. He takes anti-rejection medicine, as all transplant patients must, but they have caused few problems.
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Jamaica: Kidney crisis — physician calls for donations as supplies fall short
The Gleaner
There is an urgent need for kidney donors, with more than 2,000 Jamaicans currently on the registry with chronic kidney disease. Approximately 800 of them are on dialysis, suffering from end-stage renal failure. In fact, that represents 80 percent of persons who should be on dialysis but cannot afford it. In order to save their lives and bring this chronic condition to a manageable level, more than 50 percent of that number is in immediate need of a kidney transplant.
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Gender disparity in renal transplant in Kerala
The Hindu
Women constitute the majority of renal donors in the state of Kerala. However, a recent study found an alarming disparity in the gender of renal donors. Almost 75 percent of the donors related to the recipients were women while more than 75 percent of the recipients were men.
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3-D-printed liver replica to help in transplant operations
NDTV
The 3-D-printed liver replicas, made of transparent material threaded with colored arteries and veins, could help surgeons prevent complications while performing liver transplants or removing tumors, a path-breaking research shows.
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Finances, time and career path impact nurses' education choices
Nurse.com
For nurses who pursue higher education, new doors often open and career opportunities can be enhanced. With an increasing emphasis on the necessity of a BSN — and the profession's underlying momentum to move nurses to the master's and doctorally prepared levels — many in the field are grappling with how they can afford, make time for and pursue higher education.
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CMS says no to additional meaningful use and ICD-10 delays
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Despite pleas from organized medicine, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says there will be no delays to Stage 2 of the meaningful use incentive program. In addition, implementation of ICD-10 will also go on as scheduled. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of CMS, made the announcement at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society trade show and convention. It came a week after a group of 48 medical associations and societies sent a letter requesting more time to implement the 2014 edition certified software needed for Stage 2.
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