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Simple steps can safeguard against Ebola transmission through organ donation in the United States

Simple steps can safeguard against Ebola transmission through organ donation in the United States | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

While serious infections can be transmitted from donated organs, the risk of passing Ebola virus disease from an organ donor to a recipient is extremely small.

 

This is the conclusion reached by researchers in the United States in a recent editorial published in the American Journal of Transplantation.

 

As there is no readily available blood test available in all regions which could provide a rapid answer to whether or not a potential organ donor was harboring Ebola a safer strategy is to rely on the donors' recent history.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Steps are being taken within the United States to put safeguards in place across the organ donation system to prevent Ebola transmission occurring.

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25 years of heart transplant surgery in Lithuania | The Lithuania ...

25 years of heart transplant surgery in Lithuania | The Lithuania ... | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

What did it take to get heart transplantation surgery off the ground in Lithuania 25 years ago? How was an organ donation system established in what was then a non Western country?

 

Several weeks ago, surgeons performed heart transplant surgery on a three-month-old baby and gave new hope to the Lisinskai family as well as making one more significant step in the history of Lithuanian medicine. Click on the banner headline to read on ...

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Liver Transplantation — A Vision Realized — NEJM

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In this perspective published in the medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine — Liver Transplantation — A Vision Realized, the history of how liver transplantation became a clinical reality is outlined.

 

The article focuses on pioneering surgeons Sir Roy Calne and Dr Thomas Starzl(joint winners of the Lasker award). The factors contributing to the success of liver transplantation included- development of surgical techniques, new immunosuppressant medications becoming available, the sourcing of livers for transplantation from deceased donors post declaration of brain death.

 

The UPMC media release and video of Dr Thomas Starzl reflecting on receiving the Lasker award can be viewed via the following link-

http://www.upmc.com/media/NewsReleases/2012/Pages/Starzl-Receives-2012-Lasker-Award.aspx

 

 A video on the history of these two surgeons achievements can be viewed via the Lasker Foundation link-

http://www.laskerfoundation.org/awards/2012_c_interview_calne.htm

 

 

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The Ethics of Organ Transplantation: A Brief History, US Perspective

Throughout the history of the development of organ transplantation, the transplant community in a number of countries has taken pauses, to make sure that transplantation was truly a boon to patients and to ensure that there was genuine ethical engagement.

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