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ITNS Congratulates Beverly Kosmach-Park
Beverly Kosmach-Park has been designated as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Congratulations, Bev!
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Medication Adherence Pocket Guide Quality Improvement Guide Award
ITNS is pleased to announce that Cynthia O'Carroll and Nicole Anthony are the recipients of one of the ITNS $3,000 Medication Adherence Pocket Guide Quality Improvement awards. These awards are used in support of quality improvement projects that include the following:
  • Development and implementation of a program to educate transplant nurses on use of the Medication Adherence Pocket Guide
  • Development and implementation of a quality improvement project to assess use of the Medication Adherence Pocket Guide by transplant nurses
  • Comparison of transplant patient outcomes prior to and after the implementation of the Medication Adherence Pocket Guide by transplant nurses
Cynthia O'Carroll is the Nurse Manager and Nicole Anthony is a Senior Clinical Nurse II, respectively, at the Gudelsky 8 Transplant Surgery and Transitional Care Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Md.

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Research Presentations — 2013 ITNS Symposium
ITNS was fortunate to have three research presentations at the 2013 Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C., USA.

Gwen McNatt provided an update on her study "Kidney Transplant Recipients' Experience with Transplant Coordination." Gwen is the Director of the Kovler Organ Transplantation Center and Infectious Disease Clinic at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Nephrology nurse. Additionally, she is a doctoral candidate in nursing at Loyola University.

Dr. Mary Amanda Dew, recipient of the 2012 ITNS Research Grant award, presented the findings of her study "Psychiatric Distress as a Risk Factor for Morbidity and Mortality in Transplantation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." Dr. Dew is Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dr. Cynthia Russell, PhD., RN presented the B Serious Study on behalf of Dr. Sabina DeGeest. Dr. Russell is Profession of Nursing at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Nursing and President of ITNS. Dr. De Geest is Professor of Nursing and Director, Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

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The call for abstracts for the 23rd Annual ITNS Symposium is now open!
Submit your abstract before the 15 January 2014 deadline.


'Lungs don't die when you do': New transplant program might ease shortages
The Associated Press via NBC News
The pair of lungs sits inside a clear dome, gently inflating as doctors measure how well they'll breathe if implanted into a patient who desperately needs a new set. It's a little-known twist of nature — your lungs can live on for a while after you die. The air left inside keeps them from deteriorating right away as other organs do. An innovative experiment now aims to use that hour or more window of time to boost lung transplants by allowing donations from people who suddenly collapse and die at home instead of in a hospital.
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Diabetes hikes infection-related death risk posttransplant
Renal & Urology News
Diabetes mellitus is an independent risk factor for infection-related death after kidney transplantation, data presented at the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week 2013 meeting show. Manvir Kaur Hayer, MBChB, and collaborators at the Renal Institute of Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, U.K., analyzed data from 19,103 kidney transplant recipients, of whom 2,968 had diabetes mellitus at the time of transplantation. Following transplantation, 2,085 patients died; 433 of the deaths were due to infection. The risk for death from any cause after transplantation was significantly higher for diabetics than non-diabetics, as was the risk for infection-related death.
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Stem cells may let transplant organs avoid rejection
The Boston Globe
An organ transplant offers a new lease on life but, as with any lease, there is important fine print: Patients will need to take powerful drugs to suppress the body's immune system and prevent it from attacking the new organ. So even if the transplant takes, patients can become seriously sick, and even die, because of minor illnesses that a fully functioning immune system would ward off easily. But a potential breakthrough is underway in Holliston, where a company called Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology is developing a system that dramatically reduces the risk of rejection and the need to suppress the immune system. The trick is that Harvard Apparatus infuses the transplant tissue with a patient's own stem cells before surgery, fooling the body into believing the new organ is actually its own.
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Doctors could soon be performing transplants using organs infected with HIV
Business Insider
Transplants of HIV-infected organs might become legal in the U.S. for the first time since the deadly virus was discovered. The organs would only be transplanted into people who are already HIV-positive, not people who don't have the infection. But that doesn't mean the new organ can't make them sicker. These transplants could save thousands of lives, but there are serious complications that could arise that need to be better studied.
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Organ transportation becomes big business for air medical services
By Joy Burgess
Although air ambulances focus their services on offering patient transportation, organ transportation has become big business in the last few years. For organs that require transportation over a short distance, a helicopter ambulance is often used, while fixed-wing ambulances may be used to transport organs over long distances. Many hospitals turn to air medical services for their organ transportation needs, since organ transportation involves a high level of coordination between facilities. Timing is crucial, which is why road transportation may not be the best choice when sensitive organs must be transported.
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Saudi Arabia: 14,000 patients on waiting list for kidney transplant
Arab News
Saudi Arabia ranks fourth in the world in kidney transplant requirements. There are currently about 14,000 patients on the waiting list for transplant. Dr. Faisal Shaheen, director of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, said at a press conference in Jeddah on Saturday that the Kingdom needs around 600 donors per year.
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