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ITNS invites you to submit an abstract!
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The International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) Annual Symposium Planning Committee (ASPC) invites you to submit abstract applications to present at the 2015 Summer Symposia, June 13 -14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. The general abstract submission deadline is Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (Midnight) Central Time (CT) Chicago, Illinois, USA. Questions about abstract submission? Contact Jennifer Wahl, ITNS Education Manager, at jwahl@itns.org.
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What is the future of limb transplant surgery?
By Alan Kelsky
The ethics of transplanting life-saving organs such as the heart, lungs and liver from people who died in a trauma accident is well established. So are the life-saving gifts of a kidney or part of a liver from live donors. Without these extraordinary medical advances people die. But how do you feel about the harvesting of limbs, hands and feet for those who lost theirs in war, from accidents or illness? Is there a controversy about limb transplantation?
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Trend for more transplants, less dialysis
Irish Medical Times
Legislation in regard to kidney donation is due to change dramatically within the next two years, Gary Culliton reports in his latest Clinical Update. "Presumed consent" will apply and unless a person decides specifically that he or she does not wish organs to be transplanted, transplants will proceed.
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US: If the patient will not come to you, take the hospital to the patient
International Medical Travel Journal
The United States medical tourism market is developing in new ways by exporting healthcare expertise. Rather than expecting patients to come to the U.S., leading hospitals are building overseas networks and partnerships to take hospitals and doctors to overseas patients.
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Living liver donors ambivalent with donation
HealthCanal
Living donors are important to increasing the number of viable grafts for liver transplantation. A new study published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, found that ambivalence is common among donor candidates. However, providing social support may help minimize the donors' concerns regarding donation.
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The outcomes of simultaneous liver and kidney transplantation using donation after cardiac death organs
Transplantation
There has been a remarkable increase in simultaneous liver and kidney transplantations. As organ demand has increased, so has the use of donation after cardiac death. However, little is known about the outcomes of DCD in SLK.
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Established nurse teams boost hospital care quality
MedPage Today
Nurses who have known each other and worked together a long time on the patient floor make a measurable contribution to hospital productivity and shorten the patient's length of stay, a study shows. Researchers led by Ann P. Bartel, Ph.D., a labor economist at the Columbia Business School in New York City, linked individual patient files in Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals to personnel data in the nursing unit treating those patients — staffing increases and decreases, new hires, departures, and vacations, as well as tenure of individual nurses on that unit — to show the effect of teamwork.
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13 most common healthcare-associated infections
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
Healthcare-associated infections are a consistent issue for both hospital patients and healthcare providers. While no single U.S. surveillance system can provide estimates of the prevalence of healthcare-associated infections across acute-care patient populations, a recent multistate prevalence survey published by The New England Journal of Medicine reveals important insight for healthcare providers in their efforts to combat infections. Across 183 hospitals and 11,282 patients, 452 patients had one or more healthcare-associated infections. The following list ranks the most common healthcare-associated infections from highest prevalence to least.
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Is there room for scribes in nursing?
By Joan Spitrey
Recently on Twitter, I came across an interesting conversation regarding the usefulness of scribes by physicians. One physician, who never used them, published an article against their use. However, the other physician responded via his blog in praise of their efficient use. But what really caught my attention was how the responding physician stated he felt there was a place for scribes in nursing.
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