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An unexpected microbe is killing organ transplant patients
A 44-year-old man appeared to be recovering nicely after a double lung transplant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. A week after the surgery, however, the patient, whose own lungs had been ruined by the inflammatory disease pulmonary sarcoidosis, grew confused and then became delirious. Although a brain scan found nothing wrong, tests showed that the amount of ammonia in his blood had spiked — and continued to rise even after dialysis to remove the toxin. Forty days after his surgery, he died.
Now, a new study implicates bacteria that normally live in the urinary tract as the cause of the man's fatal illness and the deaths of other lung transplant patients. The work suggests a way to treat a rare but deadly complication of organ transplantation and cancer treatment.
Fatty liver disease causing problems for organ transplants
Fatty liver disease is on the rise in the Atlantic provinces and it's causing more people to need liver transplants.
But the same disease is also affecting the pool of available organs, making donor livers not viable for operations.
Healthcare is about patients, not paperwork
Author Judy Murphy, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, IBM, writes: When you're in the hospital or recovering at home, what's the one thing that you want more of? Personal care.
Nurses want the same thing. We want to spend more time tending to our patients, giving them more individual care. The challenge today is we end up spending a good chunk of our time tracking and managing care, rather than giving it.
Report: Rising rates of kidney disease increasing organ transplant demand
The Associated Press via CTV News
The number of Canadians with end-stage kidney disease has steadily risen over the last decade, but a new report shows the number of donor organs available for transplant continues to lag far behind demand.
The report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows end-stage kidney disease increased by 35 per cent between 2003 and 2013, while cases of diabetes rose by 60 percent during the same period.
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Newborn baby Teddy was UK's youngest ever organ donor
A newborn baby, who lived for less than two hours, became Britain's youngest-ever organ donor last year.
Doctors at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, carried out the pioneering surgery three minutes after Teddy Houlston died on April 22.
His kidneys were then used to save an adult's life in Leeds.
Perfusion system could revolutionize the organ donation time window
While growing new organs from a patient's own stem cells is the future much of science is working toward, there are people who need replacements right now. Lots of people are signed up for organ donations in the case of death but willing donors is not the biggest obstacle.
Using a 3-D organ-perfusion system that supplies oxygen to the donor organ and keeps it at an ideal temperature, a team at RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology found they can extend the time that donor organs last and can also resuscitate organs obtained after cardiac arrest.
Look into need for hospital panels to decide on organ transplants, Bombay high court tells Maharashtra government
The Times of India
Take a serious look into the issue of hospital committees having to decide on applications for organ transplants, the Bombay high court recently told the state government.
The Centre, in March 2014, had amended the Transplantation of Human Organs Rules 1995, empowering hospital committees to decide on the number applications above 25 annually. At present, six regional authorization committees oversee transplants in Maharashtra.
How to talk to patients about advanced directives
By Joan Spitrey
April 16 was designated as National Healthcare Decision Day. This movement came out of the passion and frustration of founder Nathan Kottkamp. As a member of several hospital ethics committees, he was repeatedly challenged with trying to interpret healthcare decisions for people who had no advanced directives. Anyone working in a hospital — especially a critical care area — can certainly relate. Although most healthcare providers would agree that all patients should have an advanced directive, they often shy away from having the conversation with their patients.
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