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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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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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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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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

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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

 

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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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Opinion: Head Transplants are a Possibility - and are a Terrible Idea.

Opinion: Head Transplants are a Possibility - and are a Terrible Idea. | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Recently it has been widely reported that an Italian doctor now claims that head transplants could be possibly performed in the next two years.

 

However as stated in this online opinion the big question now is "But just because we can, does that mean we should'?

 

There are major concerns about the outcome of such a procedure noting that most of the body of an organ donor would be required to replace the old body of the recipient. This leads to significant issues around whether the transplant procedure will truly lead to the outcome that is intended. There will be issues with maintaining a whole new body on ant-rejection agents whilst it is hoped that the spinal cord in particular could heal enough for full function of the arms and legs to be restored.

 

The easy to read article can be accessed by clicking on the banner headline.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Currently one organ donor can provide organs and tissue that benefit the lives of a number of people. To then use one organ donor for an experimental procedure with an unknown outcome raises many questions.

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Rare transplant: Heart from a DCD donor used to give Sydney man a new lease on life

Rare transplant: Heart from a DCD donor used to give Sydney man a new lease on life | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

TONY Sakr was on his way to Christmas Eve dinner with his family when he finally got the one gift he had been waiting for —a new donor heart.

What was different in this case was that the heart would be retrieved from an organ donor who had been declared dead following cessation of their own circulation.

 

This would mean that the donor's heart had ceased beating prior to the organ retrieval surgery commencing. In order to check on the viability of the donor heart following its removal from the donor, an ex-vivo organ preservation machine was used (pictured lower right hand corner of the image).

 

The donor heart was placed onto this machine and watched for a period of time prior to its then successful transplantation into Mr Sakr. Video footage of the donor heart functioning prior to transplantation is able to be viewed by clicking on the banner headline to this story.

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The report of another case of successful heart transplantation from a DCD (Donation after circulatory Death) organ donor in Australia

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Ontario sets new record for organ donation in 2014, helping save more than 1000 lives

Ontario sets new record for organ donation in 2014, helping save more than 1000 lives | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

News from Ontario, Canada  that a new record for organ donations was set in 2014 that helped save more than 1,000 lives. This news was released via the agency for organ, tissue and transplant, Trillium Gift of Life.

 

For more detailed information on this story click on the following link-

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1479159/banner-year-for-organ-and-tissue-donation-in-ontario

 

 

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Good news from one region of Canada

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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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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 ;

Deborah Verran's insight:

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.

Deborah Verran's insight:

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.

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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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Husband donates a kidney to his wife in Singapore

Husband donates a kidney to his wife in Singapore | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Meet the couple behind NUH's most challenging kidney transplant last year (pictured). Security supervisor Mohamad Rafae Asral, 40, admits he is not a romantic man. He is not given to marking Valentine's Day with gifts or special meals for his wife. However after watching Puspawati trying to withstand the rigours of dialysis Mohamed decided to step in and offered to donate one of his kidneys.

 

The surgery was carried out last year and to date it has been successful. For more on the story click on the banner headline. 

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Well written story of spousal kidney donation from Singapore.

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Bokstavdonasjon Case

This is "Bokstavdonasjon Case" by Saatchi & Saatchi Norway on Vimeo, an innovative advertising campaign using letters for organ donation.

 

This was put together for a National Organ Donation day in Norway. To visit the actual Bokstavdonasjon web site click on the following link-

http://www.bokstavdonasjon.no/en/

 

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Unusual innovative use of letters

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