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Feb. 13, 2014

Study: Children who undergo heart transplants are living longer
By Trina McMillin
A heart transplant can be especially challenging for children, but young heart transplant patients are living longer lives. A recent study shows that lifelong monitoring and medications help these young recipients of organ donor hearts maintain good heart function, which improves the quality of their lives. The research indicates that more than 50 percent of children who received heart transplantation at the Loma Linda University Medical Center in California from 1985 to 1998 are surviving many years.More

ITNS Chapter Event — Chicago Chapter
The ITNS Chicago Chapter has an educational talk scheduled for March 20, 2014. Dr. Michael Ison will speak on "What's Hot & What's New in Transplant Infectious Diseases" and a chapter meeting will follow. A modest meal will be provided and registration is required (March 13 deadline). We have applied for continuing education credits from the University of Chicago. There is a $15 fee for non-members. All of the pertinent information is provided in the attached flyer which also contains the registration form. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to: We hope to see many of you on March 20!More

ITNS South Texas Chapter
ITNS President Cindy Russell presented the keynote address on February 7 in San Antonio at the South Texas Chapter of ITNS.

Cindy Russell and Anita Saldana

Anita L-Saldana, MSN RN, Texas Kidney Check and Planning Committee Chairperson
Darnell Waun, MSN RN, University Transplant Center
Micaela Buecher, RN (Retired)
Diane Tarpey, RN CCTC, Texas Transplant Institute
Heather McHenry, RN BSN, Methodist Hospital

International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Nursing, Health Sciences and Allied Health (NHSAH) Council Core Curriculum Academy at the Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions

April 9, 2014
San Diego, CA, USA

Click here to register.

The Academy is designed to present a review of current knowledge and practice related to thoracic transplantation, directed at transplant coordinators, social workers, psychologists, and other allied health professionals. Participants will be awarded CEPTCs for their attendance.
Click here to see the outline of topics to be covered in the academy. More

New nurses' survey reveals bigger workload and less patient time
Infection Control Today
The nursing profession is changing, and the role RNs play at hospitals is expanding. And while most nurses are generally satisfied with their jobs, many have a negative outlook for the future, according to a new survey released by Jackson Healthcare, Care Logistics and Jackson Nurse Professionals. Factors such as inadequate staff to cover the number of patients and the addition of peripheral duties and documentation for regulatory requirements are cited by large numbers of the 1,333 hospital-based registered nurses surveyed as inhibiting patient time. Even indirect care, such as patient care coordination, paperwork and documentation, take time away from patients' bedsides. Nurses report these tasks can take between two and four hours of their workdays. More

Liver transplantation wait list may overprioritize some patients with hepatopulmonary syndrome
Some patients with hepatopulmonary syndrome who were prioritized on the national wait list for liver transplantation had lower post-transplant mortality than other transplant patients, suggesting that the exception policy should be reassessed, according to recent study data. Investigator David S. Goldberg, MD, MSCE, at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study of 973 patients on the liver transplantation waiting list who received exception points and priority status based on MELD score for having hepatopulmonary syndrome. More

Kidney transplant: Donors may risk ESRD
MedPage Today
People who donate one of their kidneys have an increased risk of developing end-stage renal disease, although the overall magnitude of that risk is small, researchers found. In an analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data paired with outcomes from CMS, the estimated risk of ESRD over 15 years was 30.8 per 10,000 in kidney donors compared with 3.9 per 10,000 in matched healthy nondonors.More

'Organ Care System' medical device, allows lungs to 'breathe' outside body before transplant
Medical Daily
Imagine a lung that continues breathing outside of the body before being transplanted. The medical device company known as TransMedics has developed an experimental machine called the Organ Care System, which allows doctors to keep lungs "breathing" while they are on their way from the donor's body to the recipient's. Currently, when organs are in between transplants, they are typically boxed and placed on ice in a cooler of sorts.More

Drug shows promise for posttransplant new-onset diabetes
Renal & Urology News
In a small study, sitagliptin showed short-term efficacy and safety in the treatment of new-onset diabetes after renal transplantation. Dr. Thea Anine Strom Halden of Oslo University Hospital in Norway, and colleagues studied 19 long-term stable renal transplant recipients with new-onset diabetes after transplantation. The patients had a median age of 67 years. The investigators randomized patients to receive either sitagliptin 50-100 mg/day for four weeks followed by a sitagliptin-free period of four weeks or vice versa. Results showed that sitagliptin significantly increased first- and second-phase insulin secretion and lowered fasting and postprandial plasma glucose levels. The drug was well tolerated, and the researchers observed no effect on endothelial function and plasma markers of cardiovascular risk and no serious adverse events.More

King George's Medical University, PGI doctors perform dual organ transplant
The Times of India
Taking its organ donation initiative further, a team of doctors at the King George's Medical University conducted a dual transplant, a first of its kind in a public sector hospital, they claimed. The process is different because the recipient got a kidney and a liver. In the normal course, only one organ is transplanted.More