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USFDA issues guidelines to cut Zika transmission via human tissue and organs

USFDA issues guidelines to cut Zika transmission via human tissue and organs | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
The US Food and Drug Administration has said that the Zika virus can be transmitted via donation of umbilical cord blood, placenta and growth tissues.

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The US FDA has now issued important guidelines for reducing the risk of transmission of zika virus via either human tissues or human organs.
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First Bilateral Hand Transplant in a Child: Zion's Story - YouTube

This is the video about the world’s first bilateral hand transplant performed in young Zion Harvey (pictured above) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For more: http://www.chop.edu/handtranspla...

 

An interview with the lead surgeon ( Dr L Scott Levin), provides a lot more detail on the planning and teamwork that was required in order for the procedure to even be contemplated. This can be accessed via the following Medscape link-

 

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/848727

 

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Quality video which tells the story of Zion's journey through the transplant procedure

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Surgeons announce world's first successful penis transplant - Washington Post

Surgeons announce world's first successful penis transplant - Washington Post | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The announcement has been made of the worlds first successful penis (penile transplant). This is only the second time a penile transplant has been attempted, and this is the first time that  it has worked.

 

It took a surgical team nine hours to accomplish the surgery and there were constraints around sourcing the penis from a deceased donor.

 

The announcement was followed by a reporter who tweeted out information in a series of tweets which form the basis of this particular online report.

 

Another media report can be accessed via the following link-

http://www.medicaldaily.com/worlds-first-successful-penis-transplant-man-receives-new-sex-organ-after-9-hour-325604

 

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This particular type of rare composite tissue transplant requires that a number of conditions be met. This includes the need to balance the long term risks of immune suppressing drugs versus the need to provide a young man with a fully functional penis. 

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Investigation being undertaken of the organ donor retrieval process for a case in Germany

Investigation being undertaken of the organ donor retrieval process for a case in Germany | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The German Medical Association is investigating an incident where surgeons began to operate on a north German man who was not strictly brain dead.

 

The specifics of the case are not known however it has been confirmed that an investigation will now be undertaken for a case where concerns have been expressed around the sequence of events during organ retrieval surgery.

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It is essential that the certification of brain death follows established protocols and standards to prevent unintended consequences.

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Heart Transplant Footage Shows How Far Medical Science Has Come

Heart Transplant Footage Shows How Far Medical Science Has Come | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report is about how heart transplantation has progressed over the last 45 years and contains video footage of a Heart Transplant procedure. 

Since the first transplant at one programme in the United States,

Stanford University Hospital in 1968, doctors and scientists have refined the operation to an astounding degree. The video can also be viewed by clicking on the following link-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGtLYtOwtxA

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

An example of quality video footage of a transplant procedure which has been posted online. Not for the squeamish however.

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NTSB rules in 2011 Mayo Clinic helicopter crash

NTSB rules in 2011 Mayo Clinic helicopter crash | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

From the United States comes the news that the NTSB has published a ruling on a helicopter crash in 2011 that led to the deaths of members of an organ retrieval team.

 

Federal officials investigating a helicopter crash in Clay County that killed a Mayo Clinic heart surgeon and technician say financial pressures contributed to the pilot's decision to continue flying through deteriorating weather.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Organ donor surgical teams often have to travel, including by air, in order to retrieve organs from deceased donors and then return to their base hospital. This report serves as a reminder that safety is paramount when air travel is involved.

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Transplanting Whole Cornea Not Always Necessary - Medical News Today

Transplanting Whole Cornea Not Always Necessary - Medical News Today | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

What kind of surgical techniques are now being used to successfully transplant corneas? This update comes via Medical News Today.

 

Transplanting Whole Cornea Not Always Necessary. In 2010, over 42000 cornea transplants were carried out in the USA, in comparison with 12600 solid-organ transplants in 2008 that include the kidney, liver, lung, pancreas, heart, and small bowel. Hence corneal transplants are reasonably common and are very much an important treatment modality for restoring vision for some forms of eye disease ..........

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TransMedics Announces The World's First Human Liver Transplantation Using The Organ Care System (OCS™) Liver Technology & The Initiation of The OCS™ Liver PROTECT U.S. Pivotal Trial: TransMedics, Inc.

TransMedics Announces The World's First Human Liver Transplantation Using The Organ Care System (OCS™) Liver Technology & The Initiation of The OCS™ Liver PROTECT U.S. Pivotal Trial: TransMedics, Inc. | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

TransMedicsInc announces the transplantation of the first human liver using the #OCSLiver ex-vivo preservation device as well as initiation of the multicentre prospective PROTECT trial.

 

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This is one of at least three ex-vivo liver preservation devices now in trial around the world. The outcome data are awaited with interest noting that the benefits of ex-vivo liver preservation will need to be clear for this type of technology to be incorporated into routine practice.

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UCLA Patient Is First in the World to Successfully Receive a new prototype of a total artificial Heart

UCLA Patient Is First in the World to Successfully Receive a new prototype of a total artificial Heart | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

It has been announced this last week that a 44-year-old woman has received a successful heart transplant at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in the United States, thanks to an experimental Total Artificial Heart designed for smaller patients.

 

This particular smaller model of the Syncardia prototype of the total artificial heart is the first one to have been successfully implanted into a smaller patient.

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Another important step in the provision of total artificial heart transplants to patients who are in need

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Desperately needed organs from anonymous living donors are saving lives but raise ethical concerns

Desperately needed organs from anonymous living donors are saving lives but raise ethical concerns | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The National Post in Canada was recently invited to document one woman's altruistic living kidney donation — an act that still generates controversy and is even banned in some U.S. hospitals. In the process an exploration was undertaken to also explore some of the ethical issues around altruistic live organ donation which contribute to the reluctance of some transplant hospitals to offer this service.

 

Concerns over the safety and the long term well being of a live organ donor who is not related in any way to the transplant recipient have helped contribute to the high degree of caution around this process.

 

The live donor featured in this article is interviewed along with members of her surgical team as well as other health professionals with expertise in the assessment of live organ donors. The full text of this interesting article can be viewed by clicking on the banner headline.

Deborah Verran's insight:

A well written article that will be of interest to anyone with an interest in live organ donation

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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.

Deborah Verran's insight:

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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Croatia assists Serbia with organ transplant surgeries - Southeast European Times

Croatia assists Serbia with organ transplant surgeries - Southeast European Times | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Report of co-operation between two Eastern European countries to facilitate a much needed increase in organ transplants.

 

As a leader in organ transplant procedures and surgeries, Croatia is providing both doctors and training to help its Southeast European neighbours perform more...

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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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