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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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Infective Endocarditis Involving Implanted Cardiac Devices Linked To More Complications

Infective Endocarditis Involving Implanted Cardiac Devices Linked To More Complications | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

An increasing number of patients are undergoing implantation of a range of artifical cardiac devices. One of the feared complications is infection.

 

The April 25 issue of JAMA reports that patients with infective endocarditis, an inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, who have implanted cardiac devices have a higher rate of complications (RT @mnt_healthnews: Infective Endocarditis Involving Implanted...

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Two kidney transplant patients die after each receives a new organ harbouring an unusual parasite

Two kidney transplant patients die after each receives a new organ harbouring an unusual parasite | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Two adult males,Darren Hughes and Robert 'Jim' Stuart died less than three weeks after what they believed would be life-saving kidney transplant surgery.

 

Preliminary investigations have determined that the donor organs may have been harboring a rare form of parasite and that this parasite then led to severe illness in each of the two men.

Deborah Verran's insight:

The results of several investigations are now awaited. As outlined in the online report this is an extremely rare infection and has previously only been described in a small number of cases.

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