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How organ donation is getting nudge in the right direction in the United Kingdom - The Independent

How organ donation is getting nudge in the right direction in the United Kingdom - The Independent | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report via The Independent outlines how organ donation is getting a nudge in the right direction within the United Kingdom.

For years the NHS has grappled with the conundrum of how to increase the number of people on Britain's Organ Donor Register. Now the results of some interesting research has revealed what type of messaging is most likely to resonate with members of the community.

 

Postive messages which are appealling to individuals are more likely to work versus messages outlining the harsh realities of potential transplant recipients.

 

Examples of the questions that were asked for this research are outlined in the following article-

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2528726/Selfish-ploy-attract-100-000-new-organ-donors-year.html

 

An update of the results of this research were published online in March 2014-

http://tom.loosemore.com/2014/03/18/one-link-on-gov-uk-350000-more-organ-donors/

 

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Effective messaging that is directed  to members of the community about organ donation, seems far more likely to lead to public engagement and hence the appropriate actions being taken

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Proceed II International Heart Transplant Trial Results Revealed at ISHLT 34th ... - PR Web (press release)

Proceed II International Heart Transplant Trial Results Revealed at ISHLT 34th ... - PR Web (press release) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The Proceed II International Heart Transplant Trial Results are being Revealed at the ISHLT 34th meeting.

 

Preliminary outcome data are favorable for heart transplant outcomes where donor hearts were maintained on the TransMedics Organ Care System device compared to being placed into conventional cold storage prior to transplantation.

 

Further comments from medical professionals on this new technology can be viewed via this link-

http://www.inquisitr.com/1207466/transporting-a-heart-in-a-box-is-a-great-advance-says-dr-mark-plunkett/

 

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Promising preliminary results with the use of ex-vivo normothermic heart preservation

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FDA Panel Favors Device to Boost Lung Transplant Success - MedPage Today

FDA Panel Favors Device to Boost Lung Transplant Success - MedPage Today | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The news has come that an FDA Panel has given the approval for a normothermic lung preservation device to continue to be used in clinical research in order to boost lung transplant success as reported via MedPage Today.

 

A Canadian center involved in the HELP trial increased the proportion of donated lungs actually transplanted from 25% to 36% after starting to use the EXVIVO lung perfusion device. Of note there remains limited data for the medium to long term outcomes of lungs that have been transplanted after being preserved using this particular device. 

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News that the EXVIVO lung preservation device has  received a preliminary limited approval by the FDA in the United States (humanitarian use device exemption)

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Muslim Beliefs May Sway Attitudes Concerning Organ Donation - PsychCentral.com

Muslim Beliefs May Sway Attitudes Concerning Organ Donation - PsychCentral.com | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This online report of research conducted in the United States concludes that muslim beliefs may sway attitudes of some members of the community when it comes to Organ Donation.

 

American Muslims who view negative events as punishment from God are more likely to think that organ donation is unethical.

 

This study highlights the complex interplay that exists between religious beliefs and community attitudes when it comes to decision making around organ donation.

 

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Important findings of relevance to healthcare professionals involved with organ donation

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New Organ Procurement Approach May Benefit Transplants - Supply & Demand Chain Executive

New Organ Procurement Approach May Benefit Transplants - Supply & Demand Chain Executive | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report of a new organ donor management approach which may be beneficial particularly for liver transplant purposes comes from the United States. What it reveals is that centralisation of organ retrieval services potentially is cost effective.

As donor organs have a finite shelf life (ie a limited time that can be spent in cold storage — livers 6 to 10 hours following retrieval from the donor; hearts and lungs even less, kidneys less than 24 hours), measures which can increase the number of organs for transplantation are also important.

 

To read more on this story click on the following link (the sdcexec link is not available free online)-

http://o.canada.com/health/transplant-study-shows-benefits-of-a-single-organ-donation-centre/

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

This development will be watched closely and with interest. Whether it remains more cost effective to transfer potential organ donors to a fully resourced central facility or not, remains to be seen in many regions around the world.

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Infographic: Where Will mHealth Be in 2024?

Infographic: Where Will mHealth Be in 2024? | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Ten years ago, mHealth as we presently know it didn’t exist. But ten years from now, its sophistication and utility may be far greater than anything we can presently envision.


Via Emmanuel Capitaine , Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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A glimpse at the future of mobile technology which will be game changing in many areas including healthcare

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The 1% Rule in Four Digital Health Social Networks: An Observational Study

The 1% Rule in Four Digital Health Social Networks: An Observational Study | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This is the title of a research study reported online via the Journal of Medical Internet Research: The 1% Rule in Four Digital Health Social Networks: An Observational Study

 

Statistics indicate that 90% of the users of the networks in question are lurkers, 9% may interact online and just 1% are responsible for the majority of the content.

 

 


Via Denise Silber
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Important result for organizations who are moving into establishing and maintaining online networks in the healthcare sector

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ChemaCepeda's curator insight, February 4, 4:13 PM

La regla del 99% en comunidades virtuales se cumple también en las de salud

Carlo V Caballero-Uribe MD's curator insight, February 4, 5:56 PM

Muy interesante estudio. De las personas que contribuyen en social media , el 1% son los superusuarios que generan la mayor cantidad de contenido y agregan valor, 9% contribuyen ocasionalmente y 90% son solo observadores.tener superususuarios en las comunidades para reclutar y retener es fundamental para el exito a largo plazo. 

Los observadores pueden beneficiarse pero terminan generando poco valor a la red. 

Los que aportan  parecen ser las clave de estás comunidades.

Alejandro Melo-Florián MD's curator insight, February 5, 6:39 PM

Es como la ley de Vilfredo Pareto....

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What I Learned in My Knowledge Management Class

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This graphic depicts how knowledge may flow within any organization. Active management of the various processes falls within the realms of knowledge management.

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Deyanira Sequeira's curator insight, December 6, 2013 2:31 PM

coincidiendo con varios sobre cómo se construye el conocimiento

Mlik Sahib's curator insight, December 9, 2013 8:19 PM

"On-line, nearly everything we do influences the structure of the network (through stigmergy). This calls for responsibility with regard to our role in shaping mankind’s collective memory. As we become simultaneously readers, authors, critics, editors, curators, librarians… we must come to integrate the notion of citizenship of the knowledge society. In ethical terms, this entails that we help others orient themselves in the collective memory."

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Why a Woman's Heart May Be a Bad Fit for a Man - MedPage Today

Why a Woman's Heart May Be a Bad Fit for a Man - MedPage Today | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report of an analysis of heart transplant outcomes posted online via MedPage Today reveals some interesting results.

 

Although differences in body mass between the donor and the recipient were not predictive of survival after heart transplantation, differences in the predicted heart mass using specific equations were related to survival up to 5 years...

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The 'size matching' of donor hearts to recpient body frame rather than recipient body mass index appears to be extremely important based on the data from this research analysis

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Acute Liver Failure | Now@NEJM - New England Journal of Medicine

Acute Liver Failure | Now@NEJM - New England Journal of Medicine | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Via the @NEJM Blog comes this summary of a recently published review article on Acute Liver Failure.

 

The link to the full article can be accessed via the blog post (click on the banner headline). The accompanying graphic outlines in summary format the various clinical manifestations seen in patients who carry a diagnosis of acute liver failure. In extreme cases liver transplantation may be required.

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Well writen review article

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How Apple CEO Steve Jobs got the liver he needed in Memphis

How Apple CEO Steve Jobs got the liver he needed in Memphis | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This story from the United States of America outlines how ex Apple CEO Steve Jobs was able to get a liver transplant by seeking to improve his odds of receiving a donor liver.


However as becomes apparent in the article other patients are also seeking to try and improve their odds and this can involve moving interstate if they are in a position to do so. Not all are successful however, which is a direct result of the large number of patients waiting for what are a scarcer number of donor livers.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Harsh realities of waiting for a liver transplant within the United States

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Proud to support my wife, @LaureenHarper & @MinRonaAmbrose as they raise awareness for organ donation #giftoflife

Proud to support my wife, @LaureenHarper & @MinRonaAmbrose as they raise awareness for organ donation #giftoflife | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This following tweet and accompanying photo from the current Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper is in support of the current social media initiative for organ donation awareness in Canada.

 

"J'appuie fièrement mon épouse @LaureenHarper & @MinRonaAmbrose qui font mieux connaître le don d'organes #donnezlavie (Proud to support my wife, @LaureenHarper & @MinRonaAmbrose as they raise awareness for organ donation"

 

For more information click on the following link- http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/health-sante/donation-contribution/index-eng.php

 

 

 

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When the living and the deceased don't agree on organ donation - Medical Xpress

When the living and the deceased don't agree on organ donation - Medical Xpress | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

What are the  possible outcomes when family members are not in agreement with the previous expressed wishes of a potential organ donor? What does this mean in practice?

 

This report titled 'When the living and the deceased don't agree on organ donation' is of the results of a survey performed of the Directors of 58 Organ Procurement Organizations in the United States.

 

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the 2006 Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) or enacted similar legislation giving individuals the "First Person Authorization'. So what impact does this have in practice when healthcare professionals are faced with a variance in opinion between the family members of a potential organ donor and the donors' previously stated wishes? Click on the banner headline to read a summary of the results of the survey.

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ISHLT Announces Latest Results of both the NOVEL and the INSPIRE Lung Trials of EVLP

ISHLT Announces Latest Results of both the NOVEL and the INSPIRE Lung Trials of EVLP | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Two clinical research updates have been announced at the 2014 ISHLT meeting. Both involve the use of ex-vivo lung preservation technology. The Results of the NOVEL Lung Trial Show Great Promise at this stage and more info can be obtained by clicking on the banner headline.

 

The results of the INSPIRE Lung Trial can be accessed by clicking on the following link-

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11720765.htm

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

Early stages of understanding the place of ex-vivo lung preservation as an option for both managing and evaluating deceased donor lungs prior to transplantation

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Social Media & Healthcare: Improve Service and Expand Reach

Innovative uses of social media to support health care service, marketing, and outreach. Slides from social media panel at educational event sponsored by Nat...

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A slideshow providing interesting statistics as well as examples of how US hospitals are engaging in social media, including the positives and negatives

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'Change rules on baby organ donors' - MSN UK

'Change rules on baby organ donors' - MSN UK | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The results of a study published online in a medical journal have led experts to call for a 'Change to the rules on small baby organ donors' within the United Kingdom (UK). Because of the current limitation on the lower age limit for small paediatric organ donors, in the  UK a baby in need of a life saving heart donation - where only small newborn hearts are suitable for transplant - often needs to wait until a donor organ is flown in from somewhere else.

 

To read more about the research behind this story click on the banner headline. For the press release from the hospital where this research was undertaken (Great Ormond Street in London) click on the following link-

 

http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/news/press-releases/2014-press-release-archive/great-ormond-street-hospital-study-highlights-untapped-potential-of-newborn-organ-donation-in-the-uk/

 

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Important research which may lead to changes being made to the current rules for peadiatric organ donation within the United Kingdom

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Global Observatory on Donation & Transplantation (GODT)

Global Observatory on Donation & Transplantation (GODT) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Overseen by the World Health Organization and ONT in Spain is the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation.

 

For data on global organ donation rates as well as as the rates of solid organ transplantation click on the banner headline. To access slides from the most recent annual report click on the graphic (pictured) on the GODT home page

Deborah Verran's insight:

Accurate, reliable data presented via graphics which allow for a ready comparison of both the rates of organ donation and organ transplantation

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The Ethics Of Solving The Transplant Organ Shortage

The Ethics Of Solving The Transplant Organ Shortage | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

At the 2014 AAAS meeting in Chicago, medical ethicist Mark Siegler laid out a framework for a potentially provocative solution to the shortage of kidneys available for transplantation.

 

His recommendations all pertain to enhancing live kidney donation as a means of increasing the number of kidney transplants that can be performed, particularly within the United States.

Deborah Verran's insight:

In order to optimise the number of live donor kidney transplants that are able to be undertaken within any country it is important to examine where barriers may exist

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Microrobotic technique combines 3D printing and tissue engineering

Microrobotic technique combines 3D printing and tissue engineering | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Carnegie Mellon University have introduced a unique micro-robotic technique to assemble the components of complex materials, the foundation of tissue engineering and 3D printing, described in the Jan. 28, 2014, issue of Nature Communications ("Untethered micro-robotic coding of three-dimensional material composition").

 

The presented approach uses untethered magnetic micro-robotic coding for precise construction of individual cell-encapsulating hydrogels (such as cell blocks). The micro-robot, which is remotely controlled by magnetic fields, can move one hydrogel at a time to build structures. This is critical in tissue engineering, as human tissue architecture is complex, with different types of cells at various levels and locations. When building these structures, the location of the cells is significant in that it will impact how the structure will ultimately function. "Compared with earlier techniques, this technology enables true control over bottom-up tissue engineering," explains Tasoglu.

 

Tasoglu and Demirci also demonstrated that micro-robotic construction of cell-encapsulating hydrogels can be performed without affecting cell vitality and proliferation. Further benefits may be realized by using numerous micro-robots together in bioprinting, the creation of a design that can be utilized by a bioprinter to generate tissue and other complex materials in the laboratory environment."

 

 


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Deborah Verran's insight:

Another interesting step in the research that is being performed in the tissue engineering sphere. However there is a lot more research required before bioengineered tissues can be used for transplantation into humans

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Sieg Holle's curator insight, February 16, 8:23 AM

Towards our age of abundance and self sufficiency and personal choice?

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Long-term Survival Possible for Pediatric Heart Transplant Patients - Newswise (press release)

Long-term Survival Possible for Pediatric Heart Transplant Patients - Newswise (press release) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Via the Society of Thoracic Surgeons comes these two press releases on the long term outcomes of heart transplantation. 

 

In one study Hannah Copeland, MD and colleagues from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA, reviewed the medical charts of 337 pediatric heart transplant recipients. To read more click on the banner headline.

 

The second press release on the long term outcomes of adult heart transplant recipients can be viewed by clicking on the following link-

http://www.newswise.com/articles/heart-transplant-success-improving-patients-living-longer?ret=/articles/list&category=medicine&page=1&search%5Bstatus%5D=3&search%5Bsort%5D=date+desc&search%5Bsection%5D=10&search%5Bhas_multimedia%5D=

 

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The outcomes following heart transplantation continue to improve with many patients now surviving up to 20 years following the procedure.

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New proposal for the better allocation of donated livers in transplants

New proposal for the better allocation of donated livers in transplants | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Cordoba (Spain) have developed a system that measures compatibility between donors and the most serious receivers in liver transplants. 

 

This takes into account over 30 donor and recipient variables from a retrospective analysis of over 1,000 liver transplant procedures,

 

However as yet the new algorithm has not been prospectively validated. 

 

Click on the banner headline to read more about the research.

Deborah Verran's insight:

The matching of donor livers to recipients involves that a number of both donor as well as recipient variables be taken into consideration. Apart from blood group matching, size matching of the donor organ to the recipient as well as undertaking a risk assessment of the outcome of the planned transplant procedure are all important in practice.

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A Brain Is Dead, a Heart Beats On

A Brain Is Dead, a Heart Beats On | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A court was recently called to intervene after a California hospital pronounced a girl dead after complications from surgery, but her family insists that she is alive. The case has attracted both conventional media and social media discussion and comment as it has played out via repeated court proceedings and subsequent action.

 

For commentary via the New York Times click on the banner headline.

 

For an Intensive Care Unit nursing perspective on this case click on the following link posted via the Hastings Center-

http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Bioethicsforum/Post.aspx?id=6679&blogid=140

 

For commentary on the management of another case of a pregnant woman being cared for in a Texas hospital following also being declared brain dead click on the following link to a blog composed by a Paediatric Specialist-

http://www.carilionclinic.org/blogs/ackerman/another-side-brain-death?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=bufferc8257&utm_medium=twitter

 

Finally for the update on the outcome of the legal battle waged by the realtives of the youn girl pronounced dead in a Califronia hospital click on the following link-

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/girl-declared-brain-dead-moved-hospital

 

 

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The management of patients following a diagnosis of brain death continues to provide challenges within the United States.

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Pour la première fois, un coeur artificiel a été greffé à un homme - Le Nouvel Observateur

Pour la première fois, un coeur artificiel a été greffé à un homme - Le Nouvel Observateur | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
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Pour la première fois, un coeur artificiel a été greffé à un homme
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Le patient n'était pas éligible à une greffe en raison de son âge avancé.

 

For another report in Engish click on this link-

http://www.eteknix.com/artificial-heart-offers-hope-transplant-list/

 


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For the first time an artificial heart has been transplanted into an adult male in France. Although the article is in French it can be translated into English via Google translate. The short accompanying video provides a glimpse of the actual device

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Bedfordshire professor authors new organ donation strategy in the United Kingdom

Bedfordshire professor authors new organ donation strategy in the United Kingdom | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Bedfordshire University's Professor of Diversity in Public Health, Gurch Randhawa, has authored a new action plan aimed at boosting organ donation rates among different religious communities in the United Kingdom.

 

For more on the story along with a downloadable summary of the strategy along with the response from NHSBT click on the banner headline.

 

For a story of how similar challenges in different ethnic communities are also being addressed and met in Australia click on the following link

 

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/12/13/overcoming-cultural-qualms-over-organ-donation

Deborah Verran's insight:

Delivering accurate information about organ donation to community members of differing religious affiliations and/or ethnic backgrounds is a challenge in many countries across the world. The challenge is being addressed by both professional organizations and healthcare professionals by establishing collaborative partnerships with both religious and community leaders.

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PKM and Corporate Memory - a dichotomy?

The presentation looks specifically at the changing nature of organisations and the emergent power of networks and networking. Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) is a competence we must all learn in order to remain relevant to our organisation. But who ultimately “owns” the ‘corporate’ knowledge that we gather through the workplace networks we nurture and sustain, and do the organisations we work for even recognise the importance of these networks as places for continual learning, knowledge sharing and incubators for innovation?


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