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ITNS Grant Available
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ITNS has one remaining $2,500 grant available. The purpose of this grant is to encourage qualified ITNS members to advance the body of transplant knowledge. This grant may be used to support research projects, a systematic review of the literature, a meta-analysis, a quality improvement initiative or a program evaluation project. Additional information and the grant application form are available on the ITNS website: http://www.itns.org/researchgrants.html
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2016 Abstracts Due October 12
ITNS
Submit an abstract before the Oct. 12, 2015 deadline. Share your knowledge for the benefit of the transplant nursing community. Questions about abstract submission? Contact Olivia Schmit, Education Administrator, at oschmit@itns.org.
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Interventions to Common Medication-Adherence Barriers Pocket Guide
ITNS
This pocket guide, developed by ITNS, provides an overview of the interventions used to overcome the different medication-adherence barriers experienced by transplant recipients. Get your pocket guides in the ITNS Online Store The guides are sold in pack of 100 and are perfect to pass out at your facility. This pocket guide provides further assistance to the long-term care of transplant recipients by suggesting interventions to common barriers to medication taking.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Smog linked to organ rejection, deaths in lung transplant patients
U.S. News & World Report
Living near busy roads with high levels of air pollution raises lung transplant patients' risk of organ rejection and death, but some antibiotics lower that risk, a new study shows. Researchers examined data gathered from more than 5,700 lung transplant patients in 10 European countries between 1987 and 2013.
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Mold outbreak not expected to tarnish UPMC transplant program's reputation
Trib Live
Health care giant UPMC resumed organ transplants Sunday, eager to leave behind a mold crisis linked to three deaths and hoping to contain any damage to the program's reputation. “We are grateful for the careful scrutiny, review and for the expertise and support of our colleagues. We have patients being transferred now from southern and central Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Virginia, for life-saving organ transplants to be performed at UPMC,” said Dr. Steven Shapiro, UPMC's chief medical and scientific officer.
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Most live donors mistakenly believe they are well-informed of liver donation
Healio
Researchers found that people who were live donors for liver transplantation believed they were well-informed on donation, but actually lacked comprehension of the subject, according to study data. “Questions have been raised as to whether the current informed consent process adequately informs [live donors] about the risks of [living donor liver transplant],” the researchers wrote.
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First successful kidney transplant conducted in Ethiopia
Ethiosports
The transplant was performed for three people so far. The success of the program will eliminate the need for patients to travel abroad and gives hope to impoverished patients with kidney diseases, Dr. Berhane Reday, Medical Service Deputy President of the Hospital, told journalists. The hospital is currently performing the transplant with the support of visiting health professionals from the University of Michigan, Dr. Berhane said.
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Septuagenarians should not be routinely excluded from heart transplantation
Healio
A review of donor and recipient characteristics of orthotopic heart transplantations suggests that select patients aged 70 years and older should not be omitted as candidates for transplant due to advanced age alone. “With the increasing age of the HF population, it is important to understand the potential role for orthotopic heart [transplantation] in older patients,” the researchers wrote. “We examined recipient and donor characteristics and long-term outcomes of older [orthotopic heart transplantation] recipients in the [United States].”
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Study does not support significant role of CMV virus in transplant outcomes
Medical Research.com
Controversy exists whether CMV infections or viremia after kidney transplantation affect patient and graft survival. We aimed to explore the role of CMV in a retrospective study on almost 600 patients followed at our transplant center over a period of up to 10 years post-transplant. The analysis included protocol biopsy findings and causes for graft failure and death.
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Study: Organ transplant recipients more likely to die from melanoma
By Chelsea Adams
A recent study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology has determined that people who receive organ transplants are three times more likely to die from melanoma. Healthcare professionals have long known that transplant recipients were more likely to develop melanoma — the most aggressive type of skin cancer — than the general population.
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Surgeons from Scotland to help pancreas transplants restart
The Irish Times
Surgeons are to be flown in from Scotland to help restart the national pancreas transplantation program after a nine-month gap. Patients on the waiting list for a pancreas transplant have been told specialists from Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary Hospital will transplant any organs that become available for suitable recipients between now and January. No pancreas transplants have been carried out this year, since the retirement of the surgeon who founded the program, Dr David Hickey, from Beaumont Hospital at the end of 2014.
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This is the kidney-swapping that's revolutionizing organ donations
ABC
More than 1,000 Australians are wading for a kidney transplant. Some will be lucky enough to have a loved one who's a compatible donor, but others face a long wait on dialysis for a deceased donor kidney. Now there's another option. It's called the Paired Kidney Exchange Program and as the name suggests, it organizes a switch between pairs of compatible donors and recipients.
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New criteria for Australian heart transplants could be illegal
BioEdge
Two Australian researchers say a new form of heart transplantation is illegal under Australian law and that legislators should modify the definition of death to allow for the procedure. In an article published in the Medical Journal of Australia, James Tibballs of the Royal Children's Hospital and Neera Bhatia of Deacon University Law School argue that the word “irreversible” in the legal definition of death is a stumbling block to opening up the potential number of hearts available for transplant.
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