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The International Transplant Nurses Society Partners with HRSA on Organ Donor Registration Campaign
The International Transplant Nurses Society has signed on as a partner to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration's Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign, a donor registration campaign.
"ITNS is honored to partner with HRSA's Workplace Partnership for Life said ITNS Secretary/Treasurer Penny Keaney, RN BSN MA CCTC. This collaboration supports ITNS' mission and efforts to foster an awareness of ongoing ethical considerations in procurement, donation and recipient awareness."
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National Kidney Registry facilitates 1,000th transplant
The National Kidney Registry announced the successful completion of their 1,000th paired exchange transplant. The 1,000th transplant, completed on March 12 at the University of Cincinnati, is part of a chain of 10 transplants. These transplants are taking place at other centers across the country including, UCSF Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Lahey Clinic, Loyola University Medical Center, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Froedtert Hospital, and VCU Medical Center.
FREE Brain Death Declaration Webinar
When: June 4, 2014, 3-4 p.m. EST
Presenter: Mary McKenna Guanci, MSN, RN, CNRN, CSRN
Neuroscience Intensive Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Massachusetts General Hospital
Goal: The goal of this webinar is to provide nurses with information and practice strategies used in the determination of brain death and the important role that nurses play throughout the process.
CEUs: The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance will be offering one Nursing CE and one Category 1 CEPTC credit for this webinar as well as a Certificate of Attendance. An evaluation form needs to be completed in order to receive the certificates. A link to the evaluation form will be sent out after the webinar.
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Bioprinting of body parts inching closer to reality
By Donna Balancia
New 3-D printing technology is giving hope to medical patients who need to replace and repair body parts and organs. Creating organs through the use of a patient's own cells in many cases, this 3-D printing technology — known as "bioprinting" — is a promising new industry in the scientific community. The 3-D printing industry has been around for almost 20 years, but is coming to light now as many scientific companies compete for lucrative grants and awards to be among the first to replicate human organ, such as a liver, scientists say.
New standard for US heart transplantation
The Medical News
The Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute has set a new standard for U.S. heart transplantation by completing 117 adult heart transplants and two adult heart-lung transplants, for a total of 119 adult heart transplants in a single year. The previous number set in 2005, was 98 adult heart transplants performed in one year.
China launches organ donation website
China launched its first official organ donation registration website on Wednesday, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
Citizens can register as organ donors via www.savelife.org.cn, and their information will only be accessible to authorized organizations and coordinators, the commission said.
Canada: Organ donation after cardiac death
Cardiac death donation, also called non-heart-beating donation is now practiced in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
Canada joins other countries like the U.K., U.S., Spain and the Netherlands, where non-heart-beating donation is more widespread.
The littlest donors: Neonatal organ donation offers hope in tragedy
There is a small but growing group of parents who agree to neonatal donation, a little-known practice that retrieves organs and tissues from babies who die during birth or shortly after for use in transplants and research. It's a rare procedure, of course — so rare that some parents who've asked about donating organs say they have been told it's impossible. Between 2008 and 2013, just 21 organ donors in the U.S. were a week old or less, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.
But some transplant experts are urging much wider use.
Standard care proves sufficient for septic shock treatment
Survival of patients with septic shock was the same regardless of whether they received treatment based on specific protocols or the usual high-level standard of care, according to a five-year clinical study.
The large-scale randomized trial, named ProCESS for Protocolized Care for Early Septic Shock, took place in 31 academic hospital EDs across the country and was funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, a branch of the National Institutes of Health.
New organ transplant strategy aims to better prevent rejection
Nephrology News & Issues
A new, two-pronged strategy to specifically weaken immune responses that target transplanted tissue has shown promise in controlled experiments on mice, according to UC San Francisco researchers who developed the approach.
The future of face and hand transplants
The Boston Globe
Transplant leaders are debating national rules for the distribution of deceased donors' faces and hands, tackling ethically challenging questions such as which disfigured patients across the country should get priority for these surgeries as they become more common.
The thorny issues are likely to include whether certain patients, such as children or the most severely maimed, should go to the top of waiting lists for donor faces and hands.
The calculus of nursing education and patient outcomes
By Keith Carlson
With the publication of a new study in The Lancet, it appears that the call for more baccalaureate-prepared nurses just became louder, and the results of said study appear to carry a great deal of weight in both the academic and clinical worlds. Using discharge data from more than 400,000 hospitalized European patients, this well-received study demonstrates that increasing a hospital nurse's workload by only one patient leads to a 7 percent increase in the chances that a patient will die within 30 days of admission.
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