ITNS Insider
Feb. 20, 2014

Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest
2014 Theme — My Transplant Nurse: A Perfect Match
The Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest allows patients to nominate an ITNS transplant nurse who has made a difference in their lives. The winning essay will be featured in a future issue of the ITNS Insider. In addition, the nurse will receive a recognition award, a letter sent to his or her supervisor, and acknowledgement on the ITNS website and in an ITNS E-Updates membership e-mail.

Who can enter?
Any transplant patient currently or formerly under the care of an ITNS-member transplant nurse can participate. Ask your nurse or transplant coordinator if he or she is a member of ITNS.

How do I enter?
Submit an entry form and a 300-500 word essay focusing on "My Transplant Nurse: A Perfect Match" by the Friday, March 14 deadline to More

Nurses and their health: Forging a path forward
By Keith Carlson
A recent study by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles reveals that the number of American nurses who smoke decreased significantly between 2007 and 2011. The results, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, have certainly produced echoes of optimism when it comes to the health of nurses and the example they are able to set for patients. When it comes to self-care and healthy choices among nurses, there are certainly mixed opinions regarding how well nurses heed the advice they are likely to give to their patients.More

Transplant microsporidiosis confirmed in three organ recipients
Three solid organ transplant recipients from a common donor tested positive for the microsporidial species Encephalitozoon cuniculi, according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The recipient of the left kidney developed fever, myalgia and fatigue 9 weeks after the transplant. He received treatment for urinary tract infection, neutropenia and organ rejection. Serum testing identified Brucella immunoglobulin M antibodies and a kidney biopsy specimen revealed organisms that were interpreted as brucellae. His illness progressed to anuria, persistent fever and hemodynamic instability and he died 21 weeks after the transplant. More

Immunosuppression-free transplant: An interview with Dr. Suzanne Ildstad
Renal & Urology News
Immunologic mismatch may no longer be a barrier between living kidney donors and recipients, thanks to work being done by Suzanne T. Ildstad, MD, director of the Institute for Cellular Therapeutics at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, and colleagues. The group has overseen complete immunosuppression withdrawal at the one-year mark in a handful of kidney-transplant recipients after employing a pretransplant strategy for building donor-specific tolerance. Dr. Ildstad described the process to Renal & Urology News. More

Philippines looking to topple 2 India records on organ donation

The Department of Health and the National Kidney and Transplant Institute is looking to beat two more Guinness World Records, this time in signing up the most number of people as organ donors. Speaking at a press conference at the NKTI in Quezon City, DOH — Philippine Network for Organ Sharing Program Manager Dr. Antonio Paraiso said that the country will be looking to beat the existing records currently held by India on Feb. 28.More

Nurse practitioner role grows, evolves
Mid-Valley Health via Statesman Journal
In medical practice, there traditionally has been a hierarchy of care providers, with physicians on top, supervising nurses. But more and more, nurses are finding a spot at the same level as doctors both in scope of practice and professional recognition. And as the Affordable Care Act applies more pressure on health care access — especially primary care — the nurse practitioners' role will likely continue to become more visible to the general public.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 Dr. David S. Goldberg, 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

Israel: Trial kidney transplant program
The Yeshiva World News
Six Israeli hospitals will participate in a trial kidney transplant program that is getting underway. It involves permitting doctors to harvest a kidney from a patient who was in cardiac arrest and unsuccessfully resuscitated. Today, under current transplant guidelines, a kidney may only be taken from a patient if the patient's heart is beating.More

Chennai doctors perform city's first pancreatic transplant on woman
The Times of India
Transplant surgeons recently told a 46-year-old woman that she may never have to use insulin to keep her sugar levels under control. While replacing a damaged kidney with a healthy one, doctors at Apollo Hospitals also gave her a healthy pancreas — harvested from a brain-dead patient — that can now produce insulin. More