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Past-President Cindy Russell Guest Editorial in Transplant Journal of Australasia Transplant Nursing: Changing scope of practice
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The field of transplantation is continuously advancing. With the progression of chronic disease, the advancement of technology and treatment options, and the limited numbers of solid organs available for transplant, the scope of transplant nursing practice is rapidly changing. Transplant nurses must continually examine their abilities for ways to improve their knowledge, skills and experience. Being a transplant nurse requires an advanced level of nursing knowledge and a love of life-long learning. Together, these support transplant nursing excellence. READ MORE
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Monday, November 3 Deadline to Submit an abstract for 2015!
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The ITNS Annual Symposium Planning Committee (ASPC) invites you to submit abstract applications to present at the 2015 Summer Symposia, June 13 - 14 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. The general abstract submission deadline is Monday, Nov. 3 at 11:59 p.m. CST (midnight) Chicago, Illinois.. Questions about abstract submission? Contact Jennifer Wahl, ITNS Education Manager, at jwahl@itns.org.
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Australian doctors transplant 'dead' hearts in surgical breakthrough
Business Insider
Australian surgeons said they have used hearts that had stopped beating in successful transplants, in a world first that could change the way organs are donated. Until now, doctors have relied on using the still-beating hearts of donors who have been declared brain dead, often placing the recovered organs on ice and rushing them to their recipients.
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Frailty tied to lower survival rates after kidney transplant
HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report
Physical frailty may lead to worse five-year survival rates among kidney transplant patients, regardless of their age, a new study shows. The findings suggest that patients should be screened for frailty before kidney transplantation, and that those identified as frail need to be closely monitored after their transplant, the study authors said.
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A private jet is waiting to take you to your kidney transplant
The Atlantic
The supply and demand imbalance between organs and the people who need them means that wait lists in New York or San Francisco might be twice that of, say, Kansas or Tennessee. The problem was brought to public attention in recent years by Steve Jobs, who used his resources to travel across the country for a liver transplant. For decades, doctors and policymakers have debated how to move organs or change allocation maps in an effort to eliminate these disparities.
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Organovo only 4-6 years away from 3-D printing partial livers for human implantation
3DPrint
"There are so many areas within the 3-D printing space one can get excited about; however, in my opinion one of the most exciting areas is the work being done by San Diego-based Organovo, led by CEO Keith Murphy. Although a young company, they are at the forefront of research and development pertaining to the 3-D printing of numerous human tissues," writes Brian Krassenstein.
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Risk factors for frailty in a large prevalent cohort of hemodialysis patients
The American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Although individuals with kidney disease, including those dependent on dialysis, often present clinically with signs and symptoms consistent with frailty, there is limited information about sociodemographic and clinical risk factors that may be associated. Seven hundred forty-five patients undergoing hemodialysisbetween 2009 and 2011 in 7 Atlanta dialysis clinics and 7 San Francisco bay area dialysis clinics were assessed using the validated Fried frailty index (recent unintentional weight loss, reported exhaustion, low grip strength, slow walk speed, low physical activity) that defines frailty as the presence of 3 or more criteria.
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Renal outcomes of simultaneous liver-kidney transplantation compared to liver transplant alone for candidates with renal dysfunction
Clinical Transplantation
It is unclear whether a concomitant kidney transplant grants survival benefit to liver transplant (LT) candidates with renal dysfunction (RD). We retrospectively studied LT candidates without RD (n=714) and LT candidates with RD who underwent either liver transplant alone (RD-LTA; n=103) or simultaneous liver kidney transplant (RD-SLKT; n=68). RD was defined as renal replacement therapy (RRT) requirement or Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) glomerular filtration rate (GFR).
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Lifesaving liver transplantation for multi-organ failure caused by Bacillus cereus food poisoning
Pediatric Transplantation
Bacillus cereus is a spore-forming, gram-positive bacterium that causes food poisoning presenting with either emesis or diarrhea. Diarrhea is caused by proteinaceous enterotoxin complexes, mainly hemolysin BL, non-hemolytic enterotoxin (NHE), and cytotoxin K. In contrast, emesis is caused by the ingestion of the depsipeptide toxin cereulide, which is produced in B. cereus contaminated food, particularly in pasta or rice.
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Building new hearts: A review of trends in cardiac tissue engineering
American Journal of Transplantation
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death in the U.S. However, few treatments for CVD provide a means to regain full cardiac function with no long-term side effects. Novel tissue-engineered products may provide a way to overcome the limitations of current CVD therapies by replacing injured myocardium with functioning tissue or by inducing more constructive forms of endogenous repair. In this review, we discuss some of the factors that should be considered in the development of tissue-engineered products, and we review the methods currently being investigated to generate more effective heart valves, cardiac patches and whole hearts.
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