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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/

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

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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Chief Medical Officer appointed to a US OPO

Chief Medical Officer appointed to a US OPO | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This last week one of the US Organ Procurement Organization's announced that it had appointed a physician to a top medical post

Following a successful initiative to improve the viability of donated organs, Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) named Dr Marklin as its new CMO.

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Part of an evolving trend to have physicians involved in OPO operations in light of the specialized nature of many of the aspects of organ donor assessment and management

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The Importance of Managing Mission Knowledge at NASA

The Importance of Managing Mission Knowledge at NASA | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reported online via T + D is this article titled Managing Mission Knowledge at NASA
 
This fundamental question lies at the heart of NASA's efforts in knowledge management (KM), and as explained in the article due to the nature of the work undertaken by NASA, failure can be costly.

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This article will be of interest to professionals who are tasked with dealing with knowledge management within organizations

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Nepal's Organ Trail: How traffickers steal kidneys

Nepal's Organ Trail: How traffickers steal kidneys | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reported online via the CNN Freedom Project. In Nepal, organ traffickers are duping villagers into having operations and taking their kidneys.

 

Click on the banner headline to read more about this story

Deborah Verran's insight:

Yet another example of 'needy' individuals being paid (not a lot of money) to donate one of their kidneys with brokers involved in the transactions. Of most concern is how some of the donors are being coerced into actually going ahead.

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New Stanford blood test identifies heart-transplant rejection earlier than conventional biopsy - Stanford Medical Center Report

New Stanford blood test identifies heart-transplant rejection earlier than conventional biopsy - Stanford Medical Center Report | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reported online via the Stanford Medical Center Report the news that
a blood test can identify heart-transplant rejection at an earlier stage than a conventional biopsy (as pictured).

 

The test detects of circulating donor DNA in the blood of heart transplant recipients. As this is a preliminary report more experience needs to be gained with this test prior to it becoming a possible addition to the current laboratory testing that is used to help monitor transplant recipients.

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The next phase in the investigation of 'biomarkers' that will assist in the management of heart transplant recipients

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Life, Death and the Organ Allocation System - Lawfuel

Life, Death and the Organ Allocation System - Lawfuel | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This opinion piece posted online under the title "Life, Death and the Organ Allocation System" is written by a lawyer in the United States.

 

On the one-year anniversary of the Sarah Murnaghan lung allocation case, Philadelphia litigator Steve Harvey writes about about the case as well as the factors behind the ongoing critical shortage of organs within the United States.

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Thoughtful, well written and of interest to professionals involved in organ donation

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Barriers To Knowledge Sharing

Barriers To Knowledge Sharing | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Knowledge sharing is the corner-stone of many organisations’ knowledge-management (KM) strategy. Despite the growing significance of knowledge sharing’s practices for organisations’ competitiveness and market performance, several barriers make it difficult for KM to achieve the goals and deliver a positive return on investment.

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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The barriers to KS can occur at the level of the individuals, within organizations or between organizations. This article elegantly outlines how and why these barriers may exist.

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Knowledge Management basics and barriers

 

 

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What Makes a Good Chairman?

What Makes a Good Chairman? | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

What are the qualities of strong board chairs? This online posting provides an outline on what are currently perceived to be the important qualities (& skill sets) of board chairs. This incldues leadership and doing the 'right thing'.

 

http://t.co/1355cnIJvI


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This article will be of interest to healthcare professionals who hold leadership roles and have governance responsibilities

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Transplant patient wins payout over kidney from donor with cancer

Transplant patient wins payout over kidney from donor with cancer | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reported via The Guardian in the United Kingdom that Robert Law (pictured) aged, 62, had to undergo six cycles of chemotherapy after receiving a kidney from woman who had lymphoma http://t.co/EKEVGfRdug)...

 

More background information on the case can be found by clicking on the link

Deborah Verran's insight:

Comprehensive processes are required in organ donation systems to prevent the overlooking of critical information which can then lead to adverse consequences

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Mechanism helps explain persistence of hepatitis C virus but new treatments on the horizon

Mechanism helps explain persistence of hepatitis C virus but new treatments on the horizon | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The first part of this post is the news that researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a mechanism that explains why people with the hepatitis C virus get liver disease. Plus this may be why the virus is able to evade the normal mechanisms in the body that eradicate similar viral pathogens. For more on this story click

on the banner headline.

 

The second part is news on some of the new antiviral combinations which appear promising for the treatment of hepatitis C. For more on this click on either of the following links-

 

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/275472.php#.U057niNk8H8.twitter

 

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/275468.php

 

 

 

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With hepatitis C being the most common indication for liver transplantation in many countries, any progress in either the understanding of how the virus causes liver disease or in treating this virus is extremely important

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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...

Via Plus91
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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/

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

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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Big Data's Effect on Organ Transplant Wait Lists in the United States

Big Data's Effect on Organ Transplant Wait Lists in the United States | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report is about the challenges that have been faced in recent years in the United States with increasing numbers of people on transplant waiting lists and how the concept of paired kidney exchange arose. Hint it involved a Professor of Economics (Dr Alvin Roth) who was ultimately awarded the Nobel prize.

 

However there are still challenges with finding matches with paired kidney exchange schemes and the reasons are also outlined in this report.

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Interesting report containing both statistics and background information

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Heart Transplant Footage Shows How Far Medical Science Has Come

Heart Transplant Footage Shows How Far Medical Science Has Come | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report is about how heart transplantation has progressed over the last 45 years and contains video footage of a Heart Transplant procedure. 

Since the first transplant at one programme in the United States,

Stanford University Hospital in 1968, doctors and scientists have refined the operation to an astounding degree. The video can also be viewed by clicking on the following link-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGtLYtOwtxA

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

An example of quality video footage of a transplant procedure which has been posted online. Not for the squeamish however.

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NIH-funded researchers extend liver preservation for transplantation - EurekAlert (press release)

NIH-funded researchers extend liver preservation for transplantation - EurekAlert (press release) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reported online via EurekAlert is the news that NIH-funded researchers in the United States may have developed a new method for extending liver preservation for transplantation.

 

Transplants of skin, kidneys, hearts, lungs, corneas, and livers have become commonplace but due to a shortage of donor organs not all potential transplant recipients will receive a transplant in time.

 

Rat livers where able to be preserved for an extended period of time using a new super cooling method which is described in more detail in the report(click on banner headline).

 

For a more detailed report click on the following link to the NIH press release-

 

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jun2014/nibib-30.htm

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

More research is now required to see whether this new process can be adapted for the cold preservation of human livers to allow for extended periods of storage prior to transplantation

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Transplant 'fairness' at issue for panel, Georgians

Transplant 'fairness' at issue for panel, Georgians | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A committee on liver transplants in the United States has indicated this last weeks that reducing the nation's number of transplant regions — from the current 11 to four (for the purposes of donor liver allocation) — could potentially save hundreds of lives.

 

However as outlined in detail in this article published online, the potential to save lives has to be balanced with utility of donor liver allocation as not all donor livers are of the same quality. This difference in the quality of donor livers currently places constraints on the time period in which they can be transplanted following removal from the donor.

 

The article focuses on the concerns held by surgeons at a transplant programme in Atlanta, Georgia as to how the new scheme would work. To read more on this story click on the banner headline.

Deborah Verran's insight:

In countries with large geographic regions the allocation of donor livers requires a balancing of equity with utility taking into account all of the factors which impact on donor liver utilization.

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Flock Associates - Recife Sport club: Immortal Fans. Integrated Marketing by Ogilvy Brazil - YouTube

A report via Brazil which will resonate with soccer fans around the world as the Soccer World cup begins. This story was initially  reported online via http://www.flock-associates.com

 

Taking advantage of the strong bond and enormous pride that Recife fans felt towards their soccer team, Ogilvy & Mather Brazil engineered a campaign to encourage the fans to sign up to be organ donors

 

The results have been amazing and are a testament to the power of passion for a sport translating into a benefit for the community as outlined in this short YouTube video

Deborah Verran's insight:

Soccer fans in Brazil are not only passionate about their sport but in the case of one club are passionate about organ donation as well

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Organ donation infographic & event - BAME communities

Organ donation infographic & event - BAME communities | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

As a result of outreach activities held in the United Kingdom the data that have been obtained have been analysed and converted into an infographic.

 

This organ donation infographic summarises the key insights for theawareness and support for organ donation amongst Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

 

For more information, click on the banner headline.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Interesting data from the United Kingdom on the levels of knowledge and awareness in the BAME communities

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Kidney transplant patients live longer than those in intensive home hemodialysis - Medical Xpress

Kidney transplant patients live longer than those in intensive home hemodialysis - Medical Xpress | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Analysis of data from a research study performed in Canada has revealed that Kidney transplant patients live longer than those receiving intensive home hemodialysis.

 

A first-ever study from a large Canadian centre has found that kidney

transplant recipients lived longer and had better treatment success regardless of what type of donor kidney that they received. 'Kidney transplant is still the best treatment option says Dr Chris Chan (pictured) who is a nephrologist at the Toronto General Hospital.

 

To read more about the findings of this study, click on the banner headline.

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How best to encourage organ donation: Research brief - Journalist's Resource

How best to encourage organ donation: Research brief - Journalist's Resource | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

From the Journalist's Resource web site of the Harvard Kennedy School, Sorenstein Centre on Media, Politics and Public Policy comes this article titled: How best to encourage organ donation.

 

The Research brief Journalist's Resource Physicians have taken up this cause as well, along with recent editorials in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and Medscape. It is apparent that even if the potential of the deceased donor organ donation pool was fully realized within the United States, that there would still be a gap in the numbers of people  awaiting kidney transplantation and the number of available donor organs.

 

Hence the additional importance of live kidney donation and why this particular article contains the conclusion that other measures now need to be adopted within the United States.

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Interesting article out of the United States

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An About-Face on a Risky Transplant - New York Times

An About-Face on a Risky Transplant - New York Times | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

An About-Face on a Risky Transplant. This report outlines in detail how medical professionals have now come to accept that face transplantation has a place in the management of patients who have sustained severe disfiguring facial trauma. It is accompanied by a series of detailed graphics which can be accessed by clicking on the banner headline.

When patient Richard Lee Norris, 37, received a full face transplant in 2012, years after a gun accident destroyed his chin, lips, teeth and nose. Doctors gave him a new jaw, teeth, tongue, skin and muscles.

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Progress is being made with the understanding of how face transplantation has a role in the management of selected patients

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Traits of a Motivated Leader

Traits of a Motivated Leader | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
If there is one trait that virtually all effective leaders have, it is motivation – a variety of self-management whereby we mobilize our positive emotions to drive us toward our goals. Motivated leaders are driven to achieve beyond expectations – their own and everyone else’s. The key word here is achieve.

Via David Hain
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Goleman on the importance of intrinsic #motivation for #leaders.

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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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