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Barriers to Organ Donation in Israel

Barriers to Organ Donation in Israel | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

This is one of two articles which focus on problems with organ donation in Israel and reported online via the New York Times.

 

This article focuses on the barriers to organ donation in Israel which can be placed into two categories: a) religion and b) ethics. For example the differing definitions of mortality, which can conflict with modern acceptance of brain death, are felt to have contributed to leaving the country with a low rate of deceased organ donation.

 

The problems that ensue from the low organ donation rate then lead to patients becoming desperate for a organ transplant and this desperation has helped contribute to organ trafficking. This is

sue is the subject of a second article which can be viewed via- 

 

http://sco.lt/5P2wrp

 

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Taut reporting from the New York Times outlining how failure to address medico-legal and bioethical issues pertaining to organ donation at all levels of society can prove to be very costly.

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Join in and #sayYESsavelives Australian Organ and Tissue Authority

Join in and #sayYESsavelives Australian Organ and Tissue Authority | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

As part of the events around national DonateLife week in Australia a social media campaign has been mounted utilising the hashtag #sayyessavelives.

 

Members of the community along with healthcare professionals have responded by sharing selfies with their own personal messages on the importance of organ and tissue donation.

 

For more information on the social media campaign click on the following link-

http://www.donatelife.gov.au/sayYES

 

Other related hashtags on Twitter include #organdonation, #havethechat and #DonateLife week

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An important campaign with the multitude of responses clearly evident on Twitter as well as Facebook

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Aries Merritt hurdles kidney disease | iaaf.org

Aries Merritt hurdles kidney disease | iaaf.org | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Aries Merritt ended the 2012 season as the Olympic champion and world record-holder. In the space of a month, he had achieved his two biggest career goals. He was at the top of his game and poised to go on to greater things.

 

Then his health began to rapidly decline culminating in Aries being admitted to hospital and having to receive treatment for what turned out to be kidney disease.

 

Now despite having chronic kidney disease Aries has qualified for the United States team for the World Athletics championships in Beijing where he will compete. Shortly thereafter Aries will return to the United States and undergo a planned kidney transplant.

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Despite being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease this world class athlete has fulfilled his dream of yet again competing at the highest level. Only then will Aries undergo a kidney transplant.

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Machine preservation of kidneys may benefit patients on transplant waiting lists

Machine preservation of kidneys may benefit   patients on transplant waiting lists | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

This report from the United Kingdom outlines how normothermic perfusion has been used to preserve deceased donor kidneys, allowing a further  assessment to then be made as to whether they can then be safely transplanted.

 

Although this story was initially reported as a technique where donor kidneys are defrosted this is in fact not correct. The standard method of preserving deceased donor kidneys involves the use of cold preservation techniques where the organs are kept at 4C. It is essential to avoid freezing the organs as they will become irreparably damaged .

 

This new type of normothermic preservation, could potentially shorten the wait for deceased donor kidneys.  This will occur if it can be shown that there are clear advantages with this process such that a greater number of kidneys become available for transplantation.

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Further results from ongoing trials in machine preservation of deceased donor kidneys are still awaited.

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Donor's organs used to save four patients in Hue, HCM City - VietNamNet Bridge

Donor's organs used to save four patients in Hue, HCM City - VietNamNet Bridge | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Doctors at hospitals in HCM City and Hue this last week in Vietnam conducted six successful organ  and tissue transplant operations, potentially saving the lives of four people and restoring the sight of two severely visually-impaired patients.

 

For more on this story click on the banner headline

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News from Vietnam where organ donation from deceased donors is now slowly increasing

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Holon’s Storybook Gardens Teach Children About Organ Donation

Holon’s Storybook Gardens Teach Children About Organ Donation | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Walking through Israel's city Holon is a little like walking into a fairytale: In recent years the city has turned many of its gardens into live storybooks, with giant statues based on characters from famous children's books.

 

This particular garden teaches children about heart transplantation based on a character in a storybook. More information on this story can be viewed by clicking on the banner headline.

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An unusual yet innovative way of getting the message about organ donation into the community

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Sandwell Hospital Organ Donation Art, Sandwell Hospital, Birmingham

Sandwell Hospital Organ Donation Art, Sandwell Hospital, Birmingham | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

This fine example of artwork honoring organ and tissue donors is from a hospital in the United Kingdom.

 

For  a glimpse at a couple of other views of this particular artwork please click on the following link- http://t.co/tZPvpzVg8O ;

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A number of hospitals around the world have commissioned various types of art work to honor organ and tissue donors and serve as a reminder of their importance

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It's About Time our community started to talk about organ donation.

It's About Time" is a Mary Seacole Award Production in association with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, NHS Health Education England and One Voice.

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Excellent, quality video highlighting the importance of everyone in the community being able to discuss organ donation, regardless of their background

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Watch blue Morph suit dancers greet commuters at Cardiff Central station

Watch blue Morph suit dancers greet commuters at Cardiff Central station | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Crowds of commuters gathered to watch the dancers in blue suits strutting their stuff to the Bee Gees hit Stayin' Alive near Cardiff Central train station recently.

 

This event is part of an ongoing campaign in Wales to promote conversations around organ donation in light of the looming switch to a soft opt out system for organ donation later this year.

 

More information on this story as well as access to a short video of the dancers can be accessed by clicking on the banner headline to thisstory

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An innovative approach to getting commuters attention outside of a busy train station in Wales

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"I'm climbing a 19000ft mountain to say thank you after a double lung transplant" - Reveal

"I'm climbing a 19000ft mountain to say thank you after a double lung transplant" - Reveal | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Amanda Chalmers, 27, from Brighton, United Kingdom is part of the  "Climbing for my Donor" team which hopes to scale a 19,000 foot mountain in the middle of this year.

 

Amanda (pictured) has previously undergone a life saving double lung transplant procedure and is undertaking this climb to help raise awareness about organ donation.

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Many transplant recipients continue to advocate for organ donation awareness following their recovery. This is just one example.

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Brazilian Ice Sculptures Encourage Organ Donation via Innovative Concept and Design

Brazilian Ice Sculptures Encourage Organ Donation via Innovative Concept and Design | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

This report comes from São Paulo, Brazil where a new public art campaign is aimed at getting the local residents to consider organ donation.

 

This involves the creation of ice statues that are then placed around the city. As the ice melts a solid organ becomes increasingly visible inside the statue. This is to serve as a reminder that the organs from an organ donor can continue to survive once transplanted into another person. 

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An innovative way of getting the message about organ donation through to the general public

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A donor card on your phone

Will a new app attract more young people to become organ donors? Its developers in Switzerland now hope that this will be the case. 

 

This short video outlines how the app works as well as the information which can be accessed. The video can also be viewed by clicking on the banner headline.

Deborah Verran's insight:

It seems that providing information which can be readily accessed via an app as along with facilitating registration processes for organ donation is now extremely important

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Kidneys from older donors may help seniors on transplant wait list: North American research

Kidneys from older donors may help seniors on transplant wait list: North American research | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Older patients in need of a kidney transplant are better off receiving organs from older deceased donors than waiting for one from a younger donor, suggests new research from the University of B.C.

 

This is the conclusion of researchers who have analysed data from both North America and Europe. This research has been published online by the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 

 

A more detailed report can be accessed via the following link-

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-03/ason-wtd031915.php

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

With the high discard rates of kidneys from donors aged over 60 years, particularly in the United States, attention is now turning to how best to utilize these organs.

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12 year old smuggled into UK for gang to sell his body parts on black market

12 year old smuggled into UK for gang to sell his body parts on black market | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Authorities in the United Kingdom have recently released information that two people - a boy between 12 and 15 and a woman in her 30s - have been rescued by police, who suspected that they were being trafficked for the purposes of organ donation.

 

The United Kingdom has robust processes in place to prevent organ trafficking from occurring. However internationally organ trafficking remains an issue and the article contains some information on one of the cases for which the perpetrators was recently successfully prosecuted in Europe.

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This story also highlights the lengths that organ traffickers are prepared to go to to obtain organs often from poorly educated disadvantaged individuals. It makes for disturbing reading.

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Days Before Kidney Transplant, Aries Merritt Wins Bronze in Hurdles - New York Times

Days Before Kidney Transplant, Aries Merritt Wins Bronze in Hurdles - New York Times | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

In an impressive performance for an athlete who has chronic kidney disease Aries Merritt, the reigning Olympic champion (in the red athletic gear to the right of the picture), came third in the 110-meter hurdles at the World athletics championships in Beijing.

 

Aries who has been unable to break 13 seconds since 2012 in the 110-meter hurdles, posted a time of 13.04 which was impressive in light of his health issues. 

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It is challenging enough to be a world champion athlete but it is a far greater challenge for an individual with a chronic health condition.

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How a Simple Mobile App Can Help You Donate Your Organs and Save Lives - From India

How a Simple Mobile App Can Help You Donate Your Organs and Save Lives - From India | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

In order to make it easier for individuals in India to register their intent to be an organ and tissue donor a new mobile app has been developed. This particular app allows individuals to donate as many parts of their own body as they like.

 

For more information on the App, including how it was developed and what the end user visualizes in practice click on the banner headline. 

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This particular mobile app was developed with the support of the MOHAN foundation, which is very active in promoting organ donation within parts of India.

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Surpassing 750th kidney transplant in just 12 years - Ceylon Daily News

Surpassing 750th kidney transplant in just 12 years - Ceylon Daily News | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

This story from Sri Lanka is reported online via the Ceylon Daily News
The Lanka Hospitals kidney transplant programe has recently reached the milestone of having performed it's 750th kidney transplant in just 12 years.


Further details on how this milestone was reached despite some of the challenges in Sri Lanka with respect to delivering renal transplantation are outlined in more detail in the accompanying report.

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News from Sri Lanka of efforts being made to expand renal transplantation in that country

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ECHO Social Media Campaign to Increase Awareness of Organ Donation | AMAT - Minorities and Organ Donation, Organ Transplants - Association of Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation

ECHO Social Media Campaign to Increase Awareness of Organ Donation | AMAT - Minorities and Organ Donation, Organ Transplants - Association of Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

The latest campaign in the United States is the ECHO Social Media Campaign to Increase Awareness of Organ Donation.

 

This well thought through campaign aims to create awareness of the importance of organ donation across all sectors of the community.

 

Access to the banners, flyers  and other resources for this particular campaign can be gained by clicking on the banner headline.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Anyone with an interest in raising awareness in the community of the importance of organ donation will find the material that is available for sharing via social media to be of interest.

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The economics of organ donation - via swissinfo.ch

The economics of organ donation - via swissinfo.ch | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Organ donation not only saves lives, it makes economic sense. That is the latest argument from the organisation promoting organ donation in Switzerland. This forms part of an ongoing strategy to educate the public about the importance of organ donation.

 

Included in the article is a video which outlines the cost differential between a patient who undergoes a successful kidney transplant versus one who remains on dialysis for a number of years

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The short video which can be accessed via clicking on the banner headline of this article is worth watching

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Waiting in Line for an organ transplant in Sweden

Waiting in Line for an organ transplant in Sweden | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

The Issue of Organ Donation in Sweden and How to Tackle it is told by Oskar Swartling, with Photos by Martin Kjellberg and Helena Wahlman   “

 

It features the stories of two individuals who each have had to join a waiting list before they could be transplanted and hence are able to provide their unique insights into the process from a patients' perspective. "It is very hard to describe the waiting”, Martha Ehlin (pictured) says. Peter Carstedt talks about his experience of having to cope with his own kidneys failing, followed by then waiting for a kidney transplant.

 

For the full story click on the banner headline

Deborah Verran's insight:

A unique insight into the organ donation and transplant systems in Sweden from two young people who have required organ transplantation in order to restore each of them to relatively good health.

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Photo Essay: Miracle In Venezuela facilitated by a US Transplant Surgeon and a local healthcare team

Photo Essay: Miracle In Venezuela facilitated by a US Transplant Surgeon and a local healthcare team | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

From Venezuela comes this pictorial essay of how a US-based transplant surgeon came to perform organ transplants on children living in this South American country where a number of medical resources are scarce.

 

Follow the story of Dr Tomoaki Kato from the United States, who with the assistance of a local team of healthcare professionals has been able to undertake. a number of live donor kidney and liver transplants on children. To date over 50 children have received transplants.

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Well written article complete with a number of photos including from the operating room whilst the surgical procedures were being undertaken

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A man and his dog : innovative, moving advertising with an important message

A video has emerged from a moving advertising campaign in Argentina which is being used to deliver a very important message.

 

 This is about the enduring love of a dog and its master, an older man. The man spends the day with his faithful companion. Both are very attentive to each other and are used to being in each others company. Then tragedy strikes......

 

Either click on the video image, access the video via the header to this post or click on the following link to watch-

https://youtu.be/xYkMV1mf9fU

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

How a simple but powerful story can be used to convey an important message. By June 2015 there this video had received over 6 million hits.

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Journal article suggests wider push for organ donation within the United States

Journal article suggests wider push for organ donation within the United States | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

The U.S. health care system could significantly cut waiting times for transplants if there were established processes to recover organs from people who die outside of hospitals or in the emergency department.

 

This is the theme of an article published online this last week by The

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). In that article the authors argue that more organs could be retrieved if so called Uncontrolled Donation After Circulatory Death organ donation (UCDCD), was able to occur. This article is published online and is available to view via open access- http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2293309

 

 However there remain significant barriers to the establishment of UCDCD in many regions in the United States, some of which are mentioned in this post which can be accessed via clicking on the above banner headline. Of note mention is made of the poor results of one pilot study of UCDCD performed  in a large city within the US.

Deborah Verran's insight:

In theory UCDCD appears an attractive pathway via which more organs can be retrieved for the purposes of transplantation. However there remain significant barriers to establishing this practice in many countries. The barriers include meeting legislative and regulatory requirements, establishing and implementing the requisite protocols, healthcare organization and community acceptance and finally cost.

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Parent's of Teddy Houlston, Britain's youngest ever organ donor Teddy, tell all

Parent's of Teddy Houlston, Britain's youngest ever organ donor Teddy, tell all | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

 

Jess Evans, 28, and her fiance Mike Houlston, 30, from Cardiff, Wales, described their son Teddy as a 'hero' after deciding to donate his organs when he died just 100 minutes after being born. 

 

Teddy was born with anencephaly, whilst his twin brother was completely healthy. What then happened is well described in this online article which can be viewed by clicking on the above banner headline. A short YouTube video can be viewed via this link-

https://youtu.be/9UWb3lsQQ_g

 

The full video of the interview with Jess and Mike can be viewed via this link-

https://youtu.be/VgrjFtquXc8

 

 The publicity which followed the release of this story has led to an increase in registrations on the organ donor registry in the United Kingdom-

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-32510335

 

 

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An extraordinary story which has also generated a lot of attention via social media including the #Teddysstory thread on Twitter.

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Should Patients Be Able to Find Organ Donors on Facebook?

Should Patients Be Able to Find Organ Donors on Facebook? | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

A recent case in Belgium, in which a man took to social media to ask for a kidney, is raising questions within the healthcare community in that country about who can ethically donate. In this particular case no final decision has been made.

 

This article explores the differences currently seen between some of the countries around the world as to whether a 'Facebook' friend would be considered a legitimate friend who would then be eligible to be a kidney donor to a patient with chronic kidney disease.

 

It also explores the underutilized organ donation option that is also available via Facebook in a number of countries around the world. To read more on this story click on the banner headline.

Deborah Verran's insight:

In an era where Facebook has become a vital social networking tool for many people in the community it is legitimate to ask whether friendships established via Facebook meet the same criteria as conventional friendships when the offer to donate an organ is made.

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Tongan rugby flanker praying for a kidney transplant

Tongan rugby flanker praying for a kidney transplant | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Sione Vaiomo’unga, who is a rugby football flanker and a Tongan rugby export to Romania, is now suffering from a life threatening kidney disease and requires a kidney transplant.

 

Despite now being on dialysis three times a week whilst in Romania, Sione now faces an uphill battle in order to be able to undergo a kidney transplant due to his status as a Tongan national.

 

More on the story can be accessed by clicking on the banner headline.

 

 

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This story highlights the problems faced by individuals who are citizens of countries where there are currently limited options for renal replacement therapies.

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