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Campaign uses Apple Store opening queue clip to encourage organ donor registration

Campaign uses Apple Store opening queue clip to encourage organ donor registration | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A Belgian campaign group used the queue for the recent opening of the Apple Store in Brussels to create a clever video encouraging people to register as organ donors. People on the waiting list for organ transplantation switched places with people waiting for the latest Apple gadgets in exchange for a commitment to register as an organ donor.

 

The video can be accessed via the landing page which is accessed via clicking on the banner headline.

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Clever analogy of waiting in line compared to waiting on an organ transplant waiting list

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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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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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Organ donation: Faces at the front line - National - NZ Herald News

Organ donation: Faces at the front line - National - NZ Herald News | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Dr Emma Merry an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Physician can still remember how nervous she felt the first time she spoke to a grieving family about the possibility of donating their loved one's organs. 

 

As Dr Merry explains in her interview for this story, there are a number of challenges faced by ICU physicians who are faced with dealing with the relatives of a potential organ donor who is in the ICU.

 

The article also delves into what are some of the possible contributory factors behind the relatively low rates of organ donation within New Zealand compared to many other Western countries.

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Sound account from an ICU physician of the challenges that they face when dealing with a prospective organ donor. 

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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

 

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

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

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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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