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Patient survival not impacted by liver transplants performed at night or on ... - EurekAlert (press release)

Patient survival not impacted by liver transplants performed at night or on ... - EurekAlert (press release) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

What is the impact on patient survival of performing liver transplant out of hours compared to in hours? In this analysis from the United States (US)  there appears to be no  difference in patient outcomes.

 

This report of a new study, funded in part by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), shows that liver transplants performed at night or on weekends lead to the same outcomes ..........

 

This finding largely reflects the attention paid to managing both work processes and volumes by US liver transplant units, which is of major importance.

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Infective Endocarditis Involving Implanted Cardiac Devices Linked To More Complications

Infective Endocarditis Involving Implanted Cardiac Devices Linked To More Complications | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

An increasing number of patients are undergoing implantation of a range of artifical cardiac devices. One of the feared complications is infection.

 

The April 25 issue of JAMA reports that patients with infective endocarditis, an inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, who have implanted cardiac devices have a higher rate of complications (RT @mnt_healthnews: Infective Endocarditis Involving Implanted...

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HRD 2012: Social media ‘replacing e-learning’ for L&D professionals - People Management Magazine Online

HRD 2012: Social media ‘replacing e-learning’ for L&D professionals - People Management Magazine Online | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Why does content curation matter? How is learning changing with the proliferation of handheld technology within society? You may be surprised....

 

Social media is driving a major shift in workplace learning as L&D professionals become 'curators' of training content than 'creators', delegates at HRD 2012 heard this last week.

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New technique uses virtual slides to view tissue in 3D

New technique uses virtual slides to view tissue in 3D | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Interesting new advance: viewing histopathology in 3-D. From research about to be published this next month. The attached image is a 3D rendering of cirrhotic human liver infected with hepatitis C.

 

Researchers at the University of Leeds(United Kingdom), say their digital scanning system produces high-res images that can be rotated. Read this blog post by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore on Cutting Edge.

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

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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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Anatomy Lab 2.0 -The Digital Human

Do you need to know about human anatomy? Interested in a digital anatomy resource?

 

"Anatomy Lab 2.0" explores NYU School of Medicine's integration of the iPad and 3D technology into its Anatomy Lab.

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CasesBlog - Medical and Health Blog: Top articles in medicine in ...

CasesBlog - Medical and Health Blog: Top articles in medicine in ... | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Another trend. Informative blogs via which information related to healthcare is summarised. Some blogs provide general information such as in this case. Other blogs focus on specific areas within healthcare and or medicine.

 

CasesBlog - Medical and Health Blog ... "Google ranks the top 100 journals and NEJM is no more the "top dog" http://j.mp/HBGYKB according to G Scholar Metrics for Publications. The most cited NEJM article is "Vitamin D ..."

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Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients 2010 Data Report - 2011 - American Journal of Transplantation - Wiley Online Library

Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients 2010 Data Report - 2011 - American Journal of Transplantation - Wiley Online Library | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Interested in data reports for both organ donation and transplantation? Read the full 2010 Report from the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network  and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients from the United States.

 

This comes via a supplement published by the American Journal of Transplantation and available online. 

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Brain imaging: fMRI 2.0-Functional magnetic resonance imaging

Brain imaging: fMRI 2.0-Functional magnetic resonance imaging | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Brain scanning technology is steadily evolving. Functional magnetic resonance imaging is growing from a showy adolescence into a workhorse of brain imaging.

 

Vian Nature News comes this latest update

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UCSF Artificial Kidney Project Tapped for Accelerated FDA Program - UCSF Today

UCSF Artificial Kidney Project Tapped for Accelerated FDA Program - UCSF Today | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Can a compact artificial kidney now be developed within 10 years? Could such a device actually be surgically implanted into patients, akin to the current models of the artificial heart? Until such a device is developed kidney transplantation remains the most important modailty for delivering continual effective renal replacement therapy.

 

As announced via UCSF Today, the UCSF Artificial Kidney Project has been tapped for an accelerated FDA Program within the United States. The most effective treatment currently is kidney transplantation, but those organs are in short supply; last year, only 16812 kidneys were available for transplant in the United States, leaving...

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Journal of Transplant Research and Risk Management - Dove Press

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From Dove Press journals. Read open access articles or submit manuscripts for publishing in our Journal of Transplant Research and Risk Management...

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Study suggests breakthrough in organ transplants

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This recent news report of a pilot study in renal transplantation summarises how by infusing selected donor bone marrow cells as well as performing a kidney transplant, 5 out of 8 patients were able to be weaned off immunosuppression for a prolonged period of time.

 

Of note the kidney transplants were all from live donors, and the recipient's had to undergo extra treatment's in order to receive the infusion of the especially prepared cells.

 

Patients who are lucky enough to get a transplant for a failed organ usually face a lifetime on anti-rejection drugs [immunosuppression], which are expensive, have undesirable side effects and are not always effective. Hence although it seems promising, the results from this report will need to be replicated in larger prospective clinical trials in order for this type of regimen to be more widely adopted into practice.

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Good Practice Guidelines- Publicaciones via ONT, Spain

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If you have a major interest in organ donation you may be interested in best practice guidelines. 

 

Via the ONT in Spain web site -http://www.ont.es are available these guidelines in 4 languages which can be viewed and or downloaded.

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Hepatitis C Research and News: EASL 2012: New Data Suggests Interferon-Free Therapy Around the Corner for HCV Patients

Hepatitis C Research and News: EASL 2012: New Data Suggests Interferon-Free Therapy Around the Corner for HCV Patients | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Change is on the horizon for the management of patients with chronic hepatitis C. This has come about due to the development of new oral antiviral agents which have been subject to clinical trials.

 

Effective treatment of chronic hepatitis C in adults can be expected to reduce the demands for management of the ensuing chronic liver disease. This news update is via the EASL 2012 meeting.

 

Via RT @hcvresearchnews: EASL 2012: New Data Suggests Interferon-Free Therapy Around the Corner for HCV Patients http://t.co/jKBALVno #hepatitis #ILC2012...

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Training Professionals: If You are Not Alarmed, You Should Be - Human Capital Institute

Training Professionals: If You are Not Alarmed, You Should Be - Human Capital Institute | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

How effective is 'training' in the workplace? What are some of the reasons that workplace 'training' may not be achieving either the hoped for or the desired outcomes?

 

This Blog post via the Human Capital Institute makes for interesting reading.......... 

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Organ Donation: Friends Saving Lives - Facebook Newsroom

Organ Donation: Friends Saving Lives - Facebook Newsroom | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

 The ground breaking media release from Facebook outlining how to go about adding one's intent to be an organ donor on Facebook.

 

Facebook Newsroom - Starting today, you can add that you’re an organ donor to your timeline, and share your story about when, where or why you decided to become a donor.

 

Note this message is geared towards  people living in the United States. A similar announcement has also been made in the United Kingdom, where you can click on the following link to access http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/ukt/default.asp  ;

 

For people living in Australia, the process for adding one's intent to be a donor on Facebook is similar to that for residents of the United States 

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Facebook Urges Members to Add Organ Donor Status

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What is some of the commentary related to this historic Facebook announcement made this last week? What are some of the implications?

 

In a rare foray into social engineering, Facebook announced a plan to encourage users to list their donor status on their pages, a move that organ transplant experts are calling historic. This piece is from the New York Times.....


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This is groundbreaking as an example of using social media to promote a health message into the community
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Effect of an iPod Video Intervention on Consent to Donate Organs - Annals of Internal Medicine

Effect of an iPod Video Intervention on Consent to Donate Organs - Annals of Internal Medicine | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Can providing extra information to people registering their intent to be an organ donor make a difference? Published research in a medical journal suggests that it can.

 

You can read the recently published article-'Effect of an iPod Video Intervention on Consent to Donate Organs' via the Annals of Internal Medicine web page.

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A Potential Passport for Care Coordination: Healthcare Informatics Magazine

A Potential Passport for Care Coordination: Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Want to read about an innovative approach for co-ordinating care for patients involving the use of information technology? This report comes from the United States.

 

Via Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology,Health care information technology & IT strategy news for CIOs, CMIOs & clinical informaticists. Also learn about EMR EHR, ARRA HITECH, wireless technologies & meaningful use policy.

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What Angry Birds Can Teach Us About Instructional Design | Mindflash | elearning&knowledge_management

What Angry Birds Can Teach Us About Instructional Design | Mindflash | elearning&knowledge_management | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

What are some of the modern principles behind creating opportunities for learning? How has hand held technology become a 'game changer' for learning?

 

Six lessons learning and development pros can take from the wildly popular Angry Birds app are outlined in this post.

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Nuts and Bolts: How Can We Know What We Don't Know? by Jane Bozarth : Learning Solutions Magazine

Nuts and Bolts: How Can We Know What We Don't Know? by Jane Bozarth : Learning Solutions Magazine | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Want to know more about curating e-learning content or developing e-learning tools. The Learning Solutions online material may be for you.

 

Last month’s column “Buy or Build? ,” and the decision-making flowchart included there, sparked an interesting comment from reader John Lundholm, “Sometimes organizations go to great trouble and expense to build (often inferior) eLearning in-house because they don’t really know what their other options are.”


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Renal tuberculosis | Radiology Case | Radiopaedia.org

Renal tuberculosis | Radiology Case | Radiopaedia.org | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Via Radiopedia.org images of a patient  proven to have renal TBPath proven renal tuberculosis.  Radiopedia.org aims to provide examples of imaging of educational value to professionals.

 

(New @drhani_ case: Renal tuberculosis http://t.co/GxZrXu5u via @radiopaedia #radiology #imaging...)...

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Ten lessons in digital scholarship

A slideshow presentation [that includes links to video clips] on where e-learning is at and where it may be heading.


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Hepatitis E Rife In Asia And Africa

Hepatitis E Rife In Asia And Africa | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

New research funded by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 20.1 million individuals were infected with hepatitis E virus (HEV) genotypes 1 and 2 across 9 world regions in 2005.

 

Although hepatitis E does not lead to chronic liver disease, this article does reveal the morbidity and mortality that does occur related to this virus.

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UNOS

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Web site for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) which is the private, non-profit organization that manages the U.S. organ transplant system under contract with the federal government.

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