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Older donors could help reduce organ transplant gap: Canadian Report

Older donors could help reduce organ transplant gap: Canadian Report | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Canada could reduce its persistent shortage of organs for transplant by retrieving more organs from older donors, says a study released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. 

 

The variability seen in the rates of organ donation as well as the variation in the demographics of organ donors across the country has led to a closer examination of where the potential exists to increase the rates of organ donation.

 

The report highlights what can be viewed as the current missed opportunities to increase the rates of organ donation across Canada.

 

The link to the full report -

 

http://www.cihi.ca/cihi-ext-portal/internet/en/document/types+of+care/specialized+services/organ+replacements/release_18dec14

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

Variation between the provinces in Canada has led to this closer examination of data pertaining to organ donation. The recommendations are sound and the whole report is worth reading. This will be of interest to professionals who hold the responsibility and/or interest in the performance of health care systems pertaining to organ donation.

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Family remains traumatized after organ donor ID mix-up

Family remains traumatized after organ donor ID mix-up | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Mike Hernandez, a husband and father of three, died suddenly last spring. He was just 48 years old. What happened around the time of his death when his wife was approached about whether he wished to be an organ donor is the subject of this article.

 

There seems to be a problem with the initial identification of whether Mike Hernandez recorded a yes or a no to organ donation via the motor vehicle drivers license registry. What then transpired according to his wife is outlined in more detail in the article which can be accessed via clicking on the banner headline.  

Deborah Verran's insight:

Any 'mix up' over the correct identification of the prior wishes on organ donation can lead to anguish and concern amongst family members. This case highlights the importance of cross checking information.

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Chief Medical Officer appointed to a US OPO

Chief Medical Officer appointed to a US OPO | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This last week one of the US Organ Procurement Organization's announced that it had appointed a physician to a top medical post

Following a successful initiative to improve the viability of donated organs, Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) named Dr Marklin as its new CMO.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Part of an evolving trend to have physicians involved in OPO operations in light of the specialized nature of many of the aspects of organ donor assessment and management

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What Makes a Good Chairman?

What Makes a Good Chairman? | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

What are the qualities of strong board chairs? This online posting provides an outline on what are currently perceived to be the important qualities (& skill sets) of board chairs. This incldues leadership and doing the 'right thing'.

 

http://t.co/1355cnIJvI


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This article will be of interest to healthcare professionals who hold leadership roles and have governance responsibilities

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New Organ Procurement Approach May Benefit Transplants - Supply & Demand Chain Executive

New Organ Procurement Approach May Benefit Transplants - Supply & Demand Chain Executive | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report of a new organ donor management approach which may be beneficial particularly for liver transplant purposes comes from the United States. What it reveals is that centralisation of organ retrieval services potentially is cost effective.

As donor organs have a finite shelf life (ie a limited time that can be spent in cold storage — livers 6 to 10 hours following retrieval from the donor; hearts and lungs even less, kidneys less than 24 hours), measures which can increase the number of organs for transplantation are also important.

 

To read more on this story click on the following link (the sdcexec link is not available free online)-

http://o.canada.com/health/transplant-study-shows-benefits-of-a-single-organ-donation-centre/

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

This development will be watched closely and with interest. Whether it remains more cost effective to transfer potential organ donors to a fully resourced central facility or not, remains to be seen in many regions around the world.

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Case Reports in Anesthesia: Organ Procurement in the Brain dead ...

Case Reports in Anesthesia: Organ Procurement in the Brain dead ... | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The information contained in this blog is intended for anaesthetists who may work at smaller hospitals or who on occasion manage organ donors during the surgical retrieval process performed in the operating room.

 

However this information may also be of interest to anyone who is involved in the management of organ donors post declaration of brain death.....

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From unknown to mainstream, Gift of Life program in Philadelphia turns 40

From unknown to mainstream, Gift of Life program in Philadelphia turns 40 | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The Gift of Life Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) has been responsible for the delivery of key services related to organ and tissue donation to the local region for 40 years.

 

The long-time CEO Howard Nathan reflects on nearly four decades in the organ donation and procurement business.

 

Howard provides insights into what it took to take a fledgling organization on a journey towards turning it into one of the leading OPO's within the United States.

Deborah Verran's insight:

A must read for healthcare professionals interested in leadership and management of organizations responsible for key aspects of services delivery within the healthcare sector pertaining to organ and tissue donation.

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A Lawyer's perspective: organ donation conflict case could have been avoided

A Lawyer's perspective: organ donation conflict case could have been avoided | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Recently the case of a 2 year old child where family conflict led to court proceedings garnered media attention within the United States.

 

Now the lawyer involved in the case has given his perpective on the case. He says that the conflict over organ donation in this case could have been avoided and outlines how it may have been avoided.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Important insights into a case where family conflict led to court action. This will be of interest to healthcare professionals actively involved in organ donation and also to healthcare managers.

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Barriers To Knowledge Sharing

Barriers To Knowledge Sharing | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Knowledge sharing is the corner-stone of many organisations’ knowledge-management (KM) strategy. Despite the growing significance of knowledge sharing’s practices for organisations’ competitiveness and market performance, several barriers make it difficult for KM to achieve the goals and deliver a positive return on investment.

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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The barriers to KS can occur at the level of the individuals, within organizations or between organizations. This article elegantly outlines how and why these barriers may exist.

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Knowledge Management basics and barriers

 

 

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ISHLT Announces Latest Results of both the NOVEL and the INSPIRE Lung Trials of EVLP

ISHLT Announces Latest Results of both the NOVEL and the INSPIRE Lung Trials of EVLP | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Two clinical research updates have been announced at the 2014 ISHLT meeting. Both involve the use of ex-vivo lung preservation technology. The Results of the NOVEL Lung Trial Show Great Promise at this stage and more info can be obtained by clicking on the banner headline.

 

The results of the INSPIRE Lung Trial can be accessed by clicking on the following link-

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11720765.htm

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

Early stages of understanding the place of ex-vivo lung preservation as an option for both managing and evaluating deceased donor lungs prior to transplantation

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PKM and Corporate Memory - a dichotomy?

The presentation looks specifically at the changing nature of organisations and the emergent power of networks and networking. Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) is a competence we must all learn in order to remain relevant to our organisation. But who ultimately “owns” the ‘corporate’ knowledge that we gather through the workplace networks we nurture and sustain, and do the organisations we work for even recognise the importance of these networks as places for continual learning, knowledge sharing and incubators for innovation?


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