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18 people involved in kidney transplant in San Francisco
A nine-way kidney transplant recently took place in San Francisco. There were 18 people who had surgery between, thanks to one man who simply wanted to donate his kidney.
An altruistic donor wanted to give his kidney to someone, in fact, anyone who needed it. The Bay Area man's decision to donate started a chain as the recipient of his kidney had a relative willing to donate, but who was not a match for their relative, so they gave their kidney to a stranger and so on.
World's 1st partial skull and scalp transplant a success in Texas
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Opening a new frontier in transplant surgery, Texas doctors have done the world's first partial skull and scalp transplant to help a man who suffered a large head wound from cancer treatment. The recipient — Jim Boysen, a 55-year-old software developer from Austin, Texas — expects to leave the hospital Thursday with a new kidney and pancreas along with the scalp and skull grafts. He said he was stunned at how well doctors matched him to a donor with similar skin and hair coloring.
Woman gives birth after ovarian tissue transplant
The Associated Press via Fox News
A woman who had ovarian tissue removed and frozen during childhood has given birth to a baby after the tissue was successfully transplanted back into her, enabling her to get pregnant.
The woman, now 27, was only 13 when doctors stored some of her tissue because she was about to have a medical treatment that likely would leave her infertile. Doctors described her case as the first time tissue was removed from someone so young and ultimately led to the birth of a healthy baby.
The link between patient satisfaction and nurse satisfaction
By Keith Carlson
The Atlantic recently published an article entitled, "The Problem With Satisfied Patients." The subtitle of the article — "A misguided attempt to improve healthcare has led some hospitals to focus on making people happy, rather than making them well" — makes the focus of the piece quite clear. This piece underscores the reality that hospital reimbursements are now being linked to patient satisfaction scores. But what would happen if we focused on nurse satisfaction?
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Could organ transplant medication prevent Alzheimer's?
Medical News Today
Medication taken by patients who have had organ transplants to prevent organ rejection could also protect against the development of Alzheimer's disease, a new study has found.
Nurses and smartphones: A vital connection
A new survey indicates nurses are relying more than ever on their smartphone for clinical care – to the detriment of the so-called "doctor on call."
Conducted by InCrowd, a Boston-based market intelligence firm, the survey found that 95 percent of the 241 responding nurses own a smartphone and 88 percent use smartphone apps at work. More intriguing, 52 percent said they use an app instead of asking a colleague, and 32 percent said they consult their smartphone instead of a physician.
Nurses can't afford to ignore healthcare costs
Concern for the hospital's bottom line has traditionally been outside the realm of RNs, but understanding healthcare costs gives them an advantage in improving patient care and insight into leadership challenges.
From the time we enter school, nurses are taught to be advocates who champion our patients' needs regardless of their diagnosis, social standing, or access to resources.
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