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Study: Generic as good as name brand for post-transplant drugs
By Lynn Hetzler
Generic formulations of tacrolimus are as effective as the name-brand version, according to a recent study. Researchers enrolled 70 kidney and liver transplant patients into a prospective, blinded, six-way crossover study. The scientists used two different types of generic versions of tacrolimus, which is used postoperatively to lower the risk for organ rejection. The focus of the study, funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was to investigate whether these two disparate tacrolimus generic versions are bioequivalent to the brand name tacrolimus product, Prograf, in stable patients.
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You can still join us in Chicago at the ITNS Summer Symposium!
Due to overwhelming demand, the ITNS Summer Symposium reached capacity in early May. Limited space has opened up for the ITNS Summer Symposium. If you would still like to attend the symposium, call 847-375-6340 or email a completed registration form to Please note at this time the Trolley Tour is sold out. If you would like to add your name to the wait list for the trolley tour, please note this on your registration form but do not include payment. If there are enough people interested, an additional trolley will be added. Don't hesitate to register, the symposium will sell out again!
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CIMI-BRIGHT Validation Survey
This online survey is a substudy of the Building research initiative group: chronic illness management and adherence in transplantation (BRIGHT) study, an international, multicenter, cross-sectional research project that was launched and conducted in partnership with ITNS. More information on BRIGHT is available in the study protocol published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing (Berben et al., 2014). This substudy is designed to evaluate the CIMI-BRIGHT questionnaire developed for the BRIGHT study. You will be asked to provide some demographic information about you and your transplant center and then to complete the CIMI-BRIGHT questionnaire. This questionnaire asks about practice patterns used in your everyday work and competencies of the healthcare professionals working in your center. For example, it asks how patients' medication adherence is assessed or how the follow up care of transplant patients in your transplant program is organized. The proposal for the study was reviewed and approved by the ethics committee Nordwest- und Zentralschweiz, Switzerland on April 28, 2015.

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Empowering nurses to be their best
By Keith Carlson
As a nurse manager, I am constantly wondering if we provide our nurses with the most empowering environment possible in which they can grow and thrive. We all want nurses to feel empowered, but are we doing enough? When a new nurse joins our home health agency, we do our best to demonstrate a workplace culture that mindfully provides a positive and open atmosphere. This involves open communication, the honoring of everyone's opinion, and a true desire for symbiotic connection among the staff.
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11 transplants conducted in Kazakhstan this year as doctors urge societal change
The Astana Times
Four heart transplant operations have been conducted in Kazakhstan this year, said Director General of the National Scientific Medical Centre Abai Baigenzhin at the First Congress of the Turkic World Transplantation Society held May 20-22 in Astana.
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Declining liver graft quality threatens the future of liver transplantation in the US
Liver Transplantation
National liver transplant volume has declined since 2006, in part due to worsening donor organ quality. Trends that degrade organ quality are expected to continue over the next two decades. We used the United Network for Organ Sharing database to inform a 20-year discrete event simulation estimating liver transplant volume from 2010 to 2030.
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Large but unexplained variations in paracetamol-induced liver failure among European countries
Medical Xpress
A fifty-fold between-country difference in rates of paracetamol-induced acute liver failure that leads to liver transplant (ALFT) has been revealed by a study that compared patient data from seven countries at the request of the European Medicines Agency: France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and the U.K. Researchers discovered that this variation was even more pronounced on a per-capita basis, with a 200-fold difference in ALFT cases.
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Penn Medicine study offers hope for future organ transplants
The Daily Pennsylvanian
Medical research at Penn is giving HIV-positive patients who need vital organs a reason to hope. Penn Medicine recently released a study outlining the state of HIV-positive organ donation in America. This study is the first of its kind since the passage of the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act in 2013, which legalized HIV-positive organ transplant research, even though no actual transplants have yet occurred. Previously, HIV-positive people could not donate organs for fear of transmission.
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Wide variability in organ donation rates: Midwest leads nation in highest rates of donations
Medical Xpress
More than 123,000 Americans are currently waiting for lifesaving organ transplants, but 21 patients die each day because there aren't enough organs to go around. New research shows wide variation in the number of eligible organ donors whose loved ones consent to organ donation across the country. Donation consent rates are highest in the Midwest and lowest in New York State, according to a study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Kansas Hospital.
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Researchers find ERCP safe for biliary leakage after LT
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography was safe and effective for the treatment of bile leakage after liver transplantation, according to recent study data. "Biliary adverse events are the main complications after liver transplantation and are an important cause of postoperative morbidity and mortality," the researchers wrote. "Early detection and appropriate management are critical for minimizing secondary adverse events associated with bile leakage."
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5 tips to help nurses improve patient education skills
Global Healthcare
In today's healthcare environment, nurses must provide patient education as part of routine care to improve the likelihood of positive outcomes. "There is a new emphasis on better discharge planning, patient self-management of chronic disease, and patient engagement," said Beth Stuckey, RN, MS, CNE, assistant professor, nursing at American Sentinel University. "Patient education is critical to all of these initiatives and nurses need to know what works and what doesn't, when it comes to shaping patient behavior."
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Work-life balance in healthcare: Realign your priorities
By Catherine Iste
As a healthcare professional, your work requires you to be there for others, but how can you do that effectively if you haven't taken care of yourself? Now that you are acutely aware of where your hours go, it's time to look at what you can do realign your time with your priorities. Lisa Cole, MS, RN, FNP, has spent more than 35 years in the healthcare industry. Through her work, Cole has learned three areas that can help reduce stress now and help you be more present as a caregiver.
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