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Illegal kidney transplant hospital owned by KP health dept officials: Police in Pakistan

Illegal kidney transplant hospital owned by KP health dept officials: Police in Pakistan | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

 News out of Pakistan that doctors were caught red handed by police from the Federal Investigative Agency undertaking what may be an illegal kidney transplant in a small 'private hospital in the Nowshera district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province in Pakistan' 


The private hospital is owned by Drug Inspector Mardan Mohammad Tayyab and Dr Saifullah Afridi who are health officials in the province


Some additional video footage of the doctors being caught red handed during surgery has ended up online-


https://youtu.be/OF6lKh_JAaA


In recent years there have also been ongoing concerns about organ trafficking in the Punjab region of Pakistan as outlined in the following online article-

https://scroll.in/article/850288/selling-kidneys-for-money-in-pakistans-punjab-the-organ-trade-business-is-cashing-in-on-debt


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You are an organ donor in France from January 1 2017, if you do not register to opt out

You are an organ donor in France from January 1 2017, if you do not register to opt out | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

In news from France comes the confirmation that an opt out system for organ donation has now been implemented effective January the 1st 2017. 


People will now be allowed to express their refusal for organ donation after their death by using the refusal register which has now been established.


Some of the background context for this change, (including statistics for the numbers of organ donors along with the numbers on transplant waiting lists in recent years), can be found in the following article from Le Monde -


http://www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/article/2016/12/22/don-d-organe-quarante-ans-apres-la-loi-sur-le-consentement-presume-ou-en-est-on_5053129_4355770.html


For more information from the French Agency of Biomedicine Dondorganes subsite for organ donation click on the following link-

http://www.dondorganes.fr/

Deborah Verran's insight:
This latest development represents the culmination of the passing of the relevant legislation for opt out for organ donation by the French government in recent years.
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Translating Evidence Into Practice via Social Media: A Mixed-Methods Study

Translating Evidence Into Practice via Social Media: A Mixed-Methods Study | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Background: Approximately 80% of research evidence relevant to clinical practice never reaches the clinicians delivering patient care. There are a number of reasons as to why this is the case.

 

However it may be possible to improve on this statistic via leveraging social media. This particular mixed methods study involved participants in a number of countries around the world  and adds to the current knowledge on the effective use of social media for educational purposes. The research study involved the streaming of curated information to a group of healthcare professionals over a period of time with both pre-test and post-test surveys being undertaken. 

 

For more information on this research as well as what the results were click on the banner headline.

Deborah Verran's insight:

This article will be of interest to healthcare professionals who have roles in knowledge management and knowledge sharing.

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A Brain Is Dead, a Heart Beats On

A Brain Is Dead, a Heart Beats On | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A court was recently called to intervene after a California hospital pronounced a girl dead after complications from surgery, but her family insists that she is alive. The case has attracted both conventional media and social media discussion and comment as it has played out via repeated court proceedings and subsequent action.

 

For commentary via the New York Times click on the banner headline.

 

For an Intensive Care Unit nursing perspective on this case click on the following link posted via the Hastings Center-

http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Bioethicsforum/Post.aspx?id=6679&blogid=140

 

For commentary on the management of another case of a pregnant woman being cared for in a Texas hospital following also being declared brain dead click on the following link to a blog composed by a Paediatric Specialist-

http://www.carilionclinic.org/blogs/ackerman/another-side-brain-death?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=bufferc8257&utm_medium=twitter

 

Finally for the update on the outcome of the legal battle waged by the realtives of the youn girl pronounced dead in a Califronia hospital click on the following link-

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/girl-declared-brain-dead-moved-hospital

 

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

The management of patients following a diagnosis of brain death continues to provide challenges within the United States.

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New strategy to lift organ donation rate in New Zealand

New strategy to lift organ donation rate in New Zealand | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A new strategy has just been launched by the government to encourage more people to be organ donors in New Zealand.


The strategy includes placing trained healthcare professionals into intensive care units, raising community awareness about organ donation, making it easier for individuals to register and finally having all of this overseen by a national organization.



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A Dying Man's Wish To Donate His Organs Gets Complicated

A Dying Man's Wish To Donate His Organs Gets Complicated | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
Dying in America doesn't always go the way we plan. One terminally ill man's hope to be disconnected from his respirator and donate his organs was almost thwarted, despite his best laid plans.

Despite the wishes of David Adox to donate his organs and the agreement of physicians in a nearby hospital, the lawyers for this particular  hospital blocked the proposed organ donation. Fortunately professionals in an organ procurement organization heard about David's plight and were able to make arrangements for his wishes to be carried out in another hospital in New York.

As outlined in the article, donation after circulatory death is an established practice in many parts of the United States. Patients with progressive neurological conditions can opt to cease their treatment and then donate their organs if they go on to decease within a certain time period. There are guidelines as well as protocols in place both within organ procurement organizations as well as hospitals.

This article highlights the confusion as well as the conflict that can arise within an institution when not everyone is on the same page about modern established practices in organ donation.
Deborah Verran's insight:
Important story and a reminder that hospitals must have established protocols for DCD organ donation in the countries around the world where the practice is now established
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The Netherlands aims to increase organ donations by voluntary euthanasia candidates

The Netherlands aims to increase organ donations by voluntary euthanasia candidates | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

There are now moves being made in The Netherlands via Dutch specialists to prepare official guidelines which will support post-euthanasia organ donation. Some specialists believe that this option should be available for the individuals who meet the current protocols around voluntary euthanasia.

 

However this is not without controversy in some quarters and has already attracted online comments, one of which can be viewed via the following link- http://www.noeuthanasia.org.au/blog/2167-euthanasia-and-organ-donation-in-the-netherlands.html

 

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

As euthanasia is permissible within the Netherlands in highly selected cases, attention is now turning to whether it is possible for organ donation to also be an option

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How one CCG is using Facebook to improve communication

How one CCG is using Facebook to improve communication | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Use of social media platforms for both communication and the sharing of information is on the increase in the healthcare sector. This report comes via the United Kingdom and describes the use of Facebook by a Clinical Commissioning group.

 

Facebook is a great way for doctors to communicate and share files, explains Esydoc CCG's Hamed Khan (Doctors using Facebook in the UK to improve communication....)...

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