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New US kidney allocation rules give hope to people waiting for donated kidneys

New US kidney allocation rules give hope to people waiting for donated kidneys | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This last week a number of new rules around the allocation of deceased donor kidneys have come into place within the United States.

 

The new rules change the way that organ allocation now occurs for people waiting for a new kidney. It includes a formula which allows for longevity matching of the donor kidneys with potential recipients. Doctors hope that this new allocation system will now maximize the outcomes of transplanting these relatively scarce donor organs.

 

The media release from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) can be viewed via the following link-

http://www.unos.org/about/index.php?topic=newsroom&article_id=2897

 

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This represents major change to the kidney allocation algorithms within the United States with the aim of achieving better patient outcomes.

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Non-adherence among teen heart transplant recipients widespread, often fatal - ScienceBlog.com (blog)

Non-adherence among teen heart transplant recipients widespread, often fatal - ScienceBlog.com (blog) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This study looks at medication non-adherence among teen heart transplant recipients and finds that it can be widespread, and is often often fatal as reported via ScienceBlog.com (blog)

 

The study, published online June 4 by the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, looked at eight years' worth of data from the Organ Procurement & Transplant Network in the United States...

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Non-adherance with taking the vital immunosuppressive medications post organ transplantation can cost young recipients vital years of life and in the worst cases is rapidly fatal

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

Proposed Changes In Organ Donation Stir Debate - NPR (blog) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

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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