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Declining liver utilization for transplantation in the United States and the impact of donation after cardiac death - Orman - 2012 - Liver Transplantation - Wiley Online Library

Declining liver utilization for transplantation in the United States and the impact of donation after cardiac death - Orman - 2012 - Liver Transplantation - Wiley Online Library | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This retrospective analysis of registry data in the United States has revealed that there has been a recent drop in the supply of quality livers from deceased donor organ donors: http://t.co/XRv8zWYJ

 

There are four factors associated with non-use of the donor liver for transplantation and these are-donation after cardiac death pathway, donor Body Mass Index(a marker for obesity), older donor age and the presence of diabetes.

 

Important point if the donor liver is not retrieved for transplantation it is not 'thrown away'( as reported)-

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/01/11/study-finds-increase-in-unused-transplant-livers/

 

 

There are policies and procedures in place within the United States for the differing scenarios where the various deceased donor organs are not able to be transplanted.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Important data, variably reported. Cross posted onto http://scoop.it/t/organ-donation-transplant-matters

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Why improving process quality measures may not impact mortality ...

Why improving process quality measures may not impact mortality ... | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

What contributes to good results in healthcare? Can measurement of processes assist with the understanding of patient outcomes? The answer is yes and no. Measurement can help but the appropriate metrics have to be used.

 

Recently, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine(NEJM) reported that the Premier demonstration project showed hospitals that performed well on quality process measures did not improve patient mortality rates. Reading this blog posting may help you understand how this result may have been achieved.

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