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Kidney donor’s death a ‘nightmare scenario’ for UCSF program

Kidney donor’s death a ‘nightmare scenario’ for UCSF program | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

News from the United States that the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) has suspended its live donor kidney transplant program whilst an investigation is carried out into the recent death of a live donor following surgery.  

 

UCSF’s suspension of its living donor program for kidney transplants this week after the death of a donor highlights a rare but potential complication for a procedure that’s typically an altruistic gift by a friend or family member to a patient who requires a kidney transplant.

 

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A reminder that live kidney donation involves major surgery both for the donor as well as the recipient and hence is not risk free.

 

Results of the investigation into the death of this particular donor are now awaited

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Official: Kidney for Ohio Transplant Put in Trash

Official: Kidney for Ohio Transplant Put in Trash | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Part of the organ donation process includes packaging of the organs for subsequent transplantation into recipients. There are usually defined procedures and systems in place encompassing all donor scenarios. Tnis is important in order to both ensure and maintain quality as well as mitigate against possible errors.

 

This brief report out of the USA details an incident where a kidney was discarded due to human error. A health commissioner says a nurse accidentally disposed of a kidney from a living donor at an Ohio hospital that later suspended its kidney transplant program.

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