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2013 Transplant Nursing Excellence Award
The International Transplant Nurses Society recognizes that the role of the transplant nurse is unique and dealing with patients through the transplant continuum is often complex and challenging. ITNS wishes to recognize a special nurse whose career has exemplified the mission of ITNS:
"...promotion of excellence in transplant clinical nursing through the provision of educational and professional growth opportunities, interdisciplinary networking, collaborative activities and transplant nursing research."
The Transplant Nursing Excellence Award is offered yearly and presented at the Annual Symposium, held this year from Sept. 21-23 in Washington, D.C.
Submit a nomination today! All nominations must be received by Aug. 9.
The 2014 call for abstracts will be open Sept. 24, 2013 through Jan. 15, 2014.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the ITNS Insider, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ITNS, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Children to get hand transplants at Boston Children's Hospital
Los Angeles Times
Transplant surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital are looking for children who need a hand. The renowned Harvard University-affiliated hospital recently announced that it was opening a pediatric hand transplant program, the first in the world.
Study: Facebook boosts organ donor signups
The plight of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who recently received a high-profile lung transplant underscored the scarcity of U.S. organ donations, but a new study of a "Facebook bump" in registrations shows that social media may be key to solving the problem.
Liver transplant anesthesia guidelines a 'landmark'
Experts are applauding new recommendations for the administration of anesthesia during liver transplant surgery that offer formal recognition that anesthesiologists are critical to optimizing transplant patient care. The document, from the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network/United Network for Organ Sharing, set qualification requirements for directors of liver transplant anesthesia.
Germany seeks help from Spain on organ transplant systems
In the wake of a series of scandals rocking Germany involving data manipulation of organ waiting lists, a delegation of doctors and government officials from Germany's DSO transplant organization are seeking help from Spain.
Tasks other than patient care consume much of nurses' time
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Nurses spend more than half their time on tasks other than patient care, including communication, and find that the biggest challenge of communication devices is unnecessary interruptions, according to a report published by Voalte. Researchers surveyed 226 nurse leaders and 287 staff nurses at acute care hospitals to describe their perceptions regarding how nurses communicate, the time spent communicating, and barriers to communication.
Babies may benefit from liver transplant advances
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Transplanting partial livers from deceased teen and adult donors to infants is less risky than in the past and helps save lives, according to a new study. The risk of organ failure and death among infants who receive a partial liver transplant is now comparable to that of infants who receive whole livers, according to the study, which was published online in the June issue of the journal Liver Transplantation.
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Lab-grown organs might be solution to transplant woes
New York Daily News
Scientists hope that custom-made organs will allow for quicker, safer transplants. 5-year-old Angela Irizarry's life was saved by a blood vessel built in a lab and researchers believe this is just the tip of the iceberg.
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Infection, cardiovascular disease more prevalent among liver transplant recipients with metabolic syndrome
The presence of metabolic syndrome post-liver transplantation increased the risk for infection and cardiovascular disease, according to data presented at Digestive Disease Week. In a retrospective cohort study, researchers evaluated 158 patients who underwent liver transplantation between 2002 and 2007 at a single medical facility, with follow-up through September 2012. The presence of metabolic syndrome before transplant and at six and 12 months post-transplant was determined in each case.
Senate passes bill to allow research on organ transplants for HIV patients
The Senate recently passed a bill that would establish safeguards and standards of quality for research of organ transplants for people infected with HIV. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., introduced the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, S 330, which would allow research on possible health risks for people with HIV receiving organs transplants from donors who also have HIV.
With nurses at risk of compassion fatigue, hospitals try to ease their stress
The Washington Post
Jan Powers, a clinical nurse manager in the pediatric oncology unit at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, remembers how hard it was for her team after the death of a child. They met with an art therapist, who brought clay. "There was a lot of pounding and kneading, and while we made our pots and whatever, people started to talk," she said of the session last summer. "When your hands are occupied and you're not in the spotlight, it's easier to say things like 'I feel really bad' or 'This child touched my heart and I'm grieving.' It gives staff a chance to create out of something that is hurtful and painful."
Children with new hearts often skip meds
Among pediatric heart transplant recipients, failure to adhere to immunosuppressive medication is relatively common and is associated with a high mortality rate, researchers found. Over a seven-year period, 9 percent of heart transplant recipients younger than 18 were non-adherent at least once, which set back his or her recovery, according to Dr. Christopher Almond, MPH, of Boston Children's Hospital, and colleagues.
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