ITNS Insider
Jun. 6, 2013

Medication Adherence Pocket Guide — funding opportunity
ITNS is pleased to announce the availability of our new Instant Reference Series Medication Adherence Pocket Guide. This guide provides a concise, evidence-based, at-a-glance summary of interventions used by clinicians to help patients overcome specific barriers to taking their medications as prescribed.

In conjunction with the introduction of the Medication Adherence Pocket Guide, ITNS is offering funding opportunities for six $3,000 quality improvement projects to ITNS members. Grant applications are due July 1.More

Canadians desperate for transplants turn to illegal organ trade
CTV News
Canadians desperate for organ transplants are traveling overseas for black market organs, but doctors back home warn that they could be putting their lives at risk. Driven by a shortage in Canada of living organs, particularly kidneys, patients are turning to the illegal organ trade in countries like India, Pakistan and the Phillipines. More

Product Feature
IQ Series

The IQ Series is a set of 16 DVDs that explores topics in transplantation. The DVDs allow for audience/leader interaction and are studio produced for the exclusive purpose of delivering information to participants in any setting. Purchase the full set of 16 DVDs or purchase an individual DVD from the set.More

Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the ITNS Insider, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ITNS, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

Nurses asked to know and do more
Times Union
In the evolving health industry, nurses are being asked to do more — and know more. Changes that have shifted all but the most urgent services out of hospitals and that seek to coordinate care throughout various medical settings are driving a push for nurses to take on more decision-making and management roles.More

Another's heartbeat: Can transplant recipients acquire traits of donors?
By Denise A. Valenti
Many organ transplant recipients describe a change in personality, reporting they have acquired the tastes, emotions and even memories of their deceased donors. The occurrence is more widely reported among those receiving donor hearts than other transplant groups and is described by some professionals endorsing these phenomena as cellular memory. But several studies show there may be another explanation for these changes.More

Surgeons should consider pathogen before infected knee debridement
Surgeons who choose debridement for an infected knee implant should also consider pathogen type in their decision-making process, as different methicillin-resistant diseases have various successes with debridement vs. implant removal, according to results of this study. More

Researchers closing in on printing 3-D hearts
USA Today
Researcher Stuart Williams is not talking about a far-off, science-fiction effort when he describes how scientists here will create new, functioning human hearts — using cells and a 3-D printer. The project is among the most ambitious in the growing field of 3-D printing that some say could revolutionize medicine.More

Polish surgeons perform miraculous procedure
Highlight Press
A Polish man has done the unthinkable — he received a new face. Unfortunately, the face transplant surgery didn't come at his own will and was done out of necessity. The 33-year-old Polish man in question, had to receive the face transplant surgery after being disfigured in a workplace accident, and doctors termed this operation to have the fastest ever time frame. More

After 18 heart attacks, man undergoes successful double organ transplant surgery
A West Jordan, Utah, man, who has survived 18 heart attacks in just 10 years, is being called a walking miracle. Mike Mader was born with a genetic disorder called familial hypercholesterolemia — it causes the liver to be unable to process cholesterol. At the age of three, his mom says his cholesterol level was in the high 400s. At the age of 22, Mader suffered his first heart attack. Today, Mader says he's feeling like a new man after undergoing a double organ transplant surgery.More

CareFirst gives $1 million to help reduce nursing shortage
Baltimore Business Journal
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is investing another $1 million in a nursing education program aimed at increasing the state's supply of nurses and nurse educators. CareFirst's Project RN gives nursing students stipends of up to $80,000 to put toward a masters or doctorate degree. In exchange, recipients commit to spending at least three years as a nursing teacher at a school in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. The program is intended to help address an anticipated nursing shortage while also ensuring a steady supply of educators to help train new nurses.More