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A Guide to Your Healthcare After Kidney Transplantation
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This handbook is designed as a general reference for care after kidney transplantation. Transplant centers often have different care routines, monitoring guidelines, and immunosuppressive routines following kidney transplant. You can purchase a PDF download (limited to 3 downloads per purchase) of the handbook in the ITNS online store. Review the Table of Contents and purchase your handbook. Members pay only $5!
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Abstracts Accepted Until October 12
Be a Part of the 25th Anniversary Symposium

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The deadline to submit an abstract for the 25th Annual ITNS Symposium is October 12, 2015. Join us from October 14-16, 2016 at The Westin Pittsburgh for Transplant Nursing: Bridging Passion, Practice, and Patient Care. If you have questions about submitting an abstract, email Olivia Schmit, Education Administrator, oschmit@itns.org.
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Sign up for a SIG Listserv
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Visit www.ITNS.org and click "Login" to access the Members Only section of the website.
    1. Click the "Members Only" tab on the left side of the page to view the current list of Special Interest Group (SIG) listservs.

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    3. Enter your name, email address, and a password to join. *Click "Yes" for the "Just get a digest" question to receive one summary email per day rather than an email every time someone posts on the listserv.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


World's first head transplantation plan by Chinese, Italian doctors
Loop 21
Chinese and Italian transplant authorities are wanting to operate the world's first human head transplant surgery on a Russian PC researcher that they claim would change the course of mankind's history by curing hopeless therapeutic conditions. Italian Sergio Canavero will join the service with Chinese specialist Ren Xiaoping at a healing facility associated to Harbin Medical University to complete the operation.
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New sensor predicts which lung transplants will fail
IEEE Spectrum
With a tiny chip-based sensor and 30 minutes of time, surgeons could evaluate a lung destined for transplantation and predict whether that donated organ is likely to fail or whether it will save a life. In lung transplant surgery, the clock is ticking. Once surgeons remove the donor lung they have about 7 hours before it's too damaged to be used, and transplant teams often rush the organ via helicopter to the hospital where a desperate recipient is waiting.
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Kidney failure from kidney disease may be treatable with TMIGD1 protein
Bel Marra Health
A once unknown protein, referred to as TMIGD1 protein could help lower the rate of kidney failure from kidney disease, easing pain for millions and significantly slashing healthcare budgets. Researchers at Boston University discovered that TMIGD1 (transmembrane and immunoglobulin containing 1) is involved in protecting cells — known as epithelial cells — from injury. These are cells that are important to normal kidney function.
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Outcomes of pregnancy following liver transplantation: The King's College Hospital experience
Liver Transplantation
Reports of pregnancy in liver transplantation (LT) patients have largely favorable outcomes. Concerns remain with regards to maternal and graft risk, optimal immunosuppression and fetal outcomes. Researchers reviewed all post-LT pregnancies at their center with regard to the outcomes and safety for the patient, graft and fetus.
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Clinical nurse specialists meeting complex needs with higher education
By Joan Spitrey
The needs of patients have become increasingly complex, while the changes to healthcare are more than most can keep up with. Clinical nurse specialists have been meeting these complex needs for many years, and officials now recognize the need to better prepare these nurses to meet — and exceed — the demands.
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Rates of kidney transplantation from living and deceased donors for blacks and whites in the United States, 1998 to 2011
JAMA Internal Medicine
This database review found that by 2010 the incidence of kidney transplantation for black and white patients with end-stage renal disease was equivalent, but kidney transplants from living donors were 43.2 percent for whites and only 22.2 percent for blacks. Kidney transplantation, the treatment standard for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), is associated with prolonged survival, improved quality of life, reduced morbidity, and lower health care costs compared with dialysis.
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Probiotics before LT help to prevent infection post-transplant
Healio
Researchers found that giving probiotics and prebiotics to a patient before liver transplantation successfully reduced the rate of infection post-transplant, according to published findings in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. "Probiotics are believed to prevent bacterial translocation by stabilizing the intestinal barrier and stimulating proliferation of the intestinal epithelium, mucus secretion and motility," the researchers wrote.
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Study's findings could help expand the donor pool for liver transplantation
EurekAlert!
Organ donation after circulatory death (DCD), in which transplant organs are taken from donors after a period of no blood circulation or oxygenation, is often considered inferior to donation after brain death, in which circulation and oxygenation are maintained until organs are removed for transplantation. Currently, the use of livers from DCD donors remains controversial, particularly with donors with advanced age.
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Hyponatremia, hypo-osmolality, and seizures in children early post-kidney transplant
Pediatric Transplantation (login required)
Post-transplant seizures are uncommon in young kidney transplant recipients but can be harbingers of devastating outcomes such as cerebral edema and death. We reviewed all transplants performed at our institution from January 2013 to January 2014 and compared three patients who seized within 24 h post-transplant (cases) with the remaining 33 transplant recipients (controls). Records were reviewed for hyponatremia, hypocalcemia, hypomagnesemia, BUN clearance, osmolality shifts, and blood pressure control in the first 24 h post-transplant.
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Renal function and transplantation in liver disease
Transplantation
Kidney injury is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in liver transplant recipients. Since the introduction of the model for end-stage liver disease for the allocation of organs for liver transplantation in 2002, the heavy weighting of serum creatinine in the model for end-stage liver disease score has significantly increased the incidence of renal dysfunction seen among patients undergoing liver transplantation.
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