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Europe's first heart transplant from a donation after circulatory death organ donor

Europe's first heart transplant from a donation after circulatory death organ donor | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Surgeons at the Papworth hospital in Cambridgeshire, the United Kingdom have performed the first successful heart transplant in Europe using a heart retrieved from a donation after circulatory death (DCD) organ donor.

 

 Importantly the heart was placed on the TransMedics organ Care System device (pictured), following its removal from the deceased donor. This allowed for an assessment to be made as to the suitability of the heart to then be transplanted. A video which includes footage of the man who received the donor heart can be accessed by clicking on the banner headline.

 

This follows on from the report from Australia of two successful heart transplants from DCD organ donors in 2014 http://sco.lt/7Z57IX

 

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News that a second heart transplant programme has successfully transplanted the heart from a DCD organ donor

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ATS publishes statement on organ donation after circulatory determination of death - EurekAlert (press release)

ATS publishes statement on organ donation after circulatory determination of death - EurekAlert (press release) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

ATS publishes statement on organ donation after circulatory determination of death EurekAlert (press release) The American Thoracic Society has released an official statement on the ethical and health policy considerations surrounding adult and paediatric controlled Donation After Circulatory Death.

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The latest guideline document pertaining to DCD organ donation

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Ex Vivo Lung Evaluation of Prearrest Heparinization in Donat... : Annals of Surgery

Ex Vivo Lung Evaluation of Prearrest Heparinization in Donat... : Annals of Surgery | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
Objective: To evaluate the effects of prearrest heparin administration on lung quality in a model of donation after cardiac death (DCD), and to assess the potential application of ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) in the identification of better grafts...
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Publication of research indicating that pre-arrest (antemortem) intravenous heparin improves organ quality in DCD donors

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Matesanz señala los trasplantes en parada cardiaca como la principal vía de expansión

Matesanz señala los trasplantes en parada cardiaca como la principal vía de expansión | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The announcement (in Spanish) by the Director of the Organización Nacional de Trasplantes (ONT), Rafael Matesanz, of the plan to formally proceed with expanding the organ donor pool in Spain via the Donation After Circulatory Death pathway.

 

In Spanish- Ha apostado por aumentar las donaciones en parada cardíaca como la "principal vía de expansión" para obtener más órganos rente el descenso de donantes por la reducción...

 

This follows on from a conference that was held in Spain just under two years ago where the strategy underpinning the susbsequent plans required to get to this stage was formulated-

 

http://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/IDIOMAS/9/Gobierno/News/2011/20111123_Transplants_OrganDonation.htm

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Proposed Changes In Organ Donation Stir Debate - NPR (blog)

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Reported via the NPR (blog) from the United States-
Proposed Changes In Organ Donation Stir Debate

The nation's organ transplant network (UNOS) will consider a controversial proposal this week to overhaul the guidelines for an increasingly common form of organ donation currently known as Donation After Cardiac Death.

 

One of the recommended changes is that new more accurate terminology be adopted and that this other form of organ donation from hereon be known as Donation After Circulatory Death

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