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Desperately needed organs from anonymous living donors are saving lives but raise ethical concerns

Desperately needed organs from anonymous living donors are saving lives but raise ethical concerns | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The National Post in Canada was recently invited to document one woman's altruistic living kidney donation — an act that still generates controversy and is even banned in some U.S. hospitals. In the process an exploration was undertaken to also explore some of the ethical issues around altruistic live organ donation which contribute to the reluctance of some transplant hospitals to offer this service.

 

Concerns over the safety and the long term well being of a live organ donor who is not related in any way to the transplant recipient have helped contribute to the high degree of caution around this process.

 

The live donor featured in this article is interviewed along with members of her surgical team as well as other health professionals with expertise in the assessment of live organ donors. The full text of this interesting article can be viewed by clicking on the banner headline.

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A well written article that will be of interest to anyone with an interest in live organ donation

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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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Brain death decline means fewer donors - Vancouver Sun

Brain death decline means fewer donors - Vancouver Sun | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The incidence of brain death may be declining hence leading to fewer numbers of organ donors  as reported via the Vancouver Sun.
The report summarises the results of a research study that has been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

 

Analysis of data from hospitals in one region of Canada has revealed a decrease in the number of patients in whom the diagnosis of brain death was able to be made over the course of the study period.

 

Hence this has implications for organ donation with mention being made of the alternative pathway to deceased donor organ donation- Donation after circulatory death

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Blueprint aims to boost organ donations, transplants - CTV.ca

Blueprint aims to boost organ donations, transplants - CTV.ca | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

From Canada a blueprint that aims to boost organ donations, transplants as reported by CTV.ca

 

The story features Peter Casey, loving husband and father of two, who has been waiting almost 3 years for a kidney transplant.....

 

The link to the report is worth reading for anyone interested in strategic planning, leadership and/or management of organ donation systems - http://www.organsandtissues.ca/s/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/OTDT-INDX-final-C2A.pdf

 

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Older donors could help reduce organ transplant gap: Canadian Report

Older donors could help reduce organ transplant gap: Canadian Report | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Canada could reduce its persistent shortage of organs for transplant by retrieving more organs from older donors, says a study released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. 

 

The variability seen in the rates of organ donation as well as the variation in the demographics of organ donors across the country has led to a closer examination of where the potential exists to increase the rates of organ donation.

 

The report highlights what can be viewed as the current missed opportunities to increase the rates of organ donation across Canada.

 

The link to the full report -

 

http://www.cihi.ca/cihi-ext-portal/internet/en/document/types+of+care/specialized+services/organ+replacements/release_18dec14

 

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Variation between the provinces in Canada has led to this closer examination of data pertaining to organ donation. The recommendations are sound and the whole report is worth reading. This will be of interest to professionals who hold the responsibility and/or interest in the performance of health care systems pertaining to organ donation.

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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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Kidney Foundation of Canada Unveils Study on the Benefits of Kidney ... - Renal Business Today

Kidney Foundation of Canada Unveils Study on the Benefits of Kidney ... - Renal Business Today | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Via The Kidney Foundation of Canada comes this economic analysis on the benefits of Kidney Transplantation versus dialysis to the healthcare system. This includes a wide ranging examination of the health care related costs of both dialysis and kidney transplantation.

 

Of importance are the economic benefits that are accrued at many levels within society for successful kidney transplantation, including to the overall healthcare system. A must read for policy makers and interest groups, including an executive summary contained within pages 1-3.

 

A direct link to the report can also be accessed via

http://www.kidney.ca/page.aspx?pid=500#etude

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Thousands still wait for transplants

Thousands still wait for transplants | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Are you aware of how long the wait may be if you are on dialysis and need a kidney transplant? The need for transplanted organs continues in many countries. Hence the importance of organ donation.

 

This report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information outlines the relatively static situation with respect to organ donation within Canada. According to CIHI there were only 461 deceased organ donors in 2010 and as a result many people continue to wait for organ transplants.

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