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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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Insights Gained from the Implementation of a Content Curation Strategy for this Web Sub Site

Insights Gained from the Implementation of a Content Curation Strategy for this Web Sub Site | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

The Organ Donation Transplant Matters curated site has been a work in progress for three years.

 

This has involved harnessing the data and information from all of the posts around this topic appearing in real time via what is now known as the 'Internet of Things'. The ever evolving Scoop.it platform has been utilised as the content curation tool of choice.

 

For more on the insights gained from three years of content curation for both this site as well as the partner sub site Organ Donation Transplant Matters Resources http://scoop.it/t/organ-donation-transplant-matters-resources ; please click on the banner headline. 

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The blog summarises the processes underpinning three years of content curation in order to provide quality online content around this niche area in the health sector.

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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.

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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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India's first-ever hand transplant successfully conducted in Kerala

India's first-ever hand transplant successfully conducted in Kerala | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

In a marathon 16-hour-long surgery, doctors at the Kochi-based Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre successfully conducted India's first hand transplant this last week.

 

The bilateral hand transplant was performed on a young man who had previously lost both of his hands in an accident. The hands were donated by a young organ donor.

 

As this is a preliminary report there is no other details at this stage

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Important news from India of what is an uncommonly performed transplant procedure

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Coroner rules: No criticism of surgeon over transplant recipient deaths

Coroner rules: No criticism of surgeon over transplant recipient deaths | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

The surgeon who undertook the surgery on two transplant patients in whom the donor kidneys were later found to be infected with parasitic worms, cannot be criticised for accepting the organs, according to a corner.

 

The rarity of the underlying infection, along with the fact that normal screening processes were followed were mitigating factors in this case.

 

For more on this story, including commentary from NHS Blood and Transplant click on the banner headline.

 

Another online report on this story ruling can be viewed via the following link-

http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Surgeon-cleared-neglect-fathers-died-infected/story-25154014-detail/story.html

 

 

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One of the risk's with solid organ donation (albeit very small) is that the organ donor is harboring an infection that is not able to be detected by routine testing.

 

This case is an example of such a rare event

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A sad and unfortunate story of the death of two male kidney transplant recipients who received organs that were infected with meningitis even though "proper protocol" was taken.  The transplants ultimately led to their untimely deaths within two weeks of the transplants.

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Developing a Mobile Health App to Focus on Post-Op Care

Developing a Mobile Health App to Focus on Post-Op Care | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Using a $500,000 federal grant, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health researchers in the United States are now developing a smartphone app which allows patients to securely photograph and send images of their post-operative wounds to their doctor.

 

With wound complications being not uncommon one way of doctors being able to keep track of their patients is via the secure transmission of serial images of their post-operative wounds.

Deborah Verran's insight:

This technology will need to meet regulatory requirements, in particular the security and privacy elements. However if it is successfully introduced it may avoid costly trips by patients to healthcare providers for 'wound checks'

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3D Bioprinted Thyroid Gland by 2015, Kidney by 2018, According to Russian Scientists

3D Bioprinted Thyroid Gland by 2015, Kidney by 2018, According to Russian Scientists | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Predictions as to when the first manufactured (bioengineered), transplantable organs will become available continue to be the subject of much debate.

 

However, according to a group of Russian scientists they believe that through the use of 3-D printing the first organ that will be able to be transplanted will be the thyroid gland followed by the kidney.

 

For more on this story as well as information on the 3-D printing process click on the banner headline.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Despite the predictions in some quarters about 3-D printed organs being available within several years, the reality is that proof of adequate organ function will be required prior to clinical trials in humans.

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HMC Organ Donation Center (Hiba) in Qatar Honors 56 Donors and Families in Ceremony

HMC Organ Donation Center (Hiba) in Qatar Honors 56 Donors and Families in Ceremony | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

The Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Organ Donation Center (Hiba) held an event this week to honor those who have contributed to the organ donation program in Qatar. 

 

This included honoring the organ donors and their families who have helped contribute to the number of successful organ transplants in Qatar this last year.

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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.

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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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Six day old baby becomes Britain's youngest organ donor saving two lives

Six day old baby becomes Britain's youngest organ donor saving two lives | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

A six day old baby recently became the youngest organ donor to date in the United Kingdom. The girl’s parents have been praised for their courage in allowing the donation and were said to be happy something positive had come from her death

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Although not common it is possible on occasion for small babies to be organ donors if they meet strict medical eligibility criteria

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Lifesaving risks: thorough medical evaluations required for potential organ donors

Lifesaving risks: thorough medical evaluations required for potential organ donors | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Before she recently donated a kidney, friends and relatives questioned Amy Mowry's decision to put herself through risky surgery. Despite suffering a complication from the surgery Amy has now recovered. Plus the kidney recipient, a young child is also recovering. Both of their stories can be viewed in more detail by clicking on the banner headline.

 

The article also explores the risks associated with being a live organ donor including how guidelines are now in place in the United States which address these risks.

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Well written article which will be of interest to anyone who has been involved in live organ donation

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Hospital says ‘Thank You’ to organ donors via a floral tribute| Cambridge University Hospitals

Hospital says ‘Thank You’ to organ donors via a floral tribute| Cambridge University Hospitals | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

An example of an innovative way of thanking organ donors has recently been unveiled in a corridor of a major hospital in the United Kingdom.

 

The corridor - which links the main hospital of the Cambridge University Hospitals network with the Addenbrooke's Treatment Centre has been filled with a rainbow of flowers by artist Kate Munro.

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Brooklyn Hospital Instructed to Keep Girl, 2, on Respiratory Support Amid Family Conflict Over Organ Donation

Brooklyn Hospital Instructed to Keep Girl, 2, on Respiratory Support Amid Family Conflict Over Organ Donation | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

 

In the United States a Family Court judge has ordered a one-day stay in the custody battle between the parents of Thaiya Spruill-Smith, who was declared brain-dead last week.

 

There is conflict between the parents over whether Thaiya can proceed to becoming an organ donor. The case is complicated by the fact that Thaiya has died as the result of sustaining blunt trauma probably as the result of an assault by another family member. More on this story can be accessed via clicking on the banner headline.

 

Postscript. Organ donation was not able to proceed in light of the ongoing disagreement between Thaiyas parents-

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/20/nyregion/brooklyn-girl-at-center-of-organ-donation-dispute-is-taken-off-life-support.html?_r=0

 

 

 

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When family conflict over whether a child can become an organ donor results in court proceedings. The end result being that organ donation is not able to proceed in this case.

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Hand transplant recipient now plans to drive a manual car

Hand transplant recipient now plans to drive a manual car | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Mark Cahill, 53, from Greetland, West Yorkshire, made history when he underwent a hand transplant on back in December 2012 at the Leeds General Infirmary in the United Kingdom.

 

Despite a couple of problems along the way, Mark is now at the stage where he has regained enough function in the transplanted hand such that he can perform some activities which were previously impossible.

 

For more on this story click on the banner headline.

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How a hand transplant recipient has gone from requiring help with every day activities to now being able to perform these activities himself.

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