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Frailty Tied to Lower Survival Rates After Kidney Transplant

Frailty Tied to Lower Survival Rates After Kidney Transplant | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Research findings have linked increased patient frailty at the time of kidney transplant surgery to an increased mortality rate. This has recently been published online in the American Journal of Transplantation which can be viewed via the following link-

http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/PressRelease/pressReleaseId-113402.html

 

 It is suggested by the researchers that doctors should monitor such patients closely after surgery.

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At times decisions also have to be made to not proceed with kidney transplant surgery if patients are significantly physically deconditioned. Kidney transplant surgery is major surgery and is combined with the initiation of powerful immunosuppressive drug therapy. This sets this type of surgery apart from operations of a similar magnitude.

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CDC Confirms Rabies Death in Organ Transplant Recipient

CDC Confirms Rabies Death in Organ Transplant Recipient | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This week, CDC laboratories tested tissue samples from the donor and from the recipient who died to confirm transmission of rabies through organ transplantation. In early March, the Maryland Department of Health and ...

 

Other commentary from one of the CDC scientists highlighting the unusual nature of this case including the diagnosis being made many months following the transplant procedure via this link-

 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/15/man-dies-of-rabies-from-donated-kidney/1990831/?sf10525060=1 

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Ethical dilemmas surround those willing to sell, buy kidneys on black market - CBS News

Ethical dilemmas surround those willing to sell, buy kidneys on black market - CBS News | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This article outlines the ethical dilemmas that surround those willing to sell, and buy kidneys on the black market and is posted online via
CBS News in the United States.

 
There's no denying that there is a shortage of organ donations in the United States and that this leads to some individuals looking to 'buy a kidney'. However what is less well known are some of the risks with this approach as well as the downsides.

 

The article is in advance of a programme on this topic which will air via HBO in the United States in November. However for those who are interested there is a short video of an interview held with ethicist Arthur Kaplan on the topic of paying live kidney donors.

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This will be of interest to healthcare professionals associated with both live and deceased donor organ donation programmes

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Health-care sector vulnerable to hackers, researchers say

Health-care sector vulnerable to hackers, researchers say | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A Washington Post examination of cybersecurity has found that health care is among the most vulnerable industries. The reasons for this conclusion being reached are outlined as well as tips on what steps need to be undertaken.

 

If you work in healthcare or have links to the healthcare sector, this is essential reading for early 2013. The article comes complete with graphics.

 

The following link goes to another post on what are currently felt to be the most common healthcare IT risks in the workplace-

 

http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/slideshow.cfm?content_id=286221&pg=1&buffer_share=1174b

Deborah Verran's insight:

This could emerge as the number one issue for health IT in 2013

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