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Jun. 25, 2015

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Congratulations Nancy Stitt!
Congratulations to ITNS Co-Founder and 2015-2016 President Nancy Stitt on winning the Pittsburgh Healthcare Champion award. The recognition includes a donation in the amount of $1,000 to ITNS! Congratulations, Nancy!More

$2,500 ITNS Research Grant available for 2015
The purpose of this grant is to encourage qualified ITNS members to advance the body of transplant knowledge. This grant may be used to support research projects, a systematic review of the literature, a meta-analysis, a quality improvement initiative or a program evaluation project. The application deadline for the 2015 grant is July 1, 2015. Click here to learn more about the research grant guidelines and access the grant application. More

Need CE, CEPTC, or PharmD credits?
Get the credits you need on demand from ITNS. Watch videos of key sessions recorded at the Annual ITNS Symposium and complete an evaluation to earn up to 16.5 CE and CEPTC credits and up to 8 pharmacology credits. Sessions start at just $15 and can be purchased in bundles. Earn up to 16.5 credits! ITNS members receive a special discount! Visit the ITNS online store for more information and to place your order!More

Longer breaks between shifts promote nurses' recovery from work
Medical Xpress
Reducing short breaks between shifts helps nurses recover from work, according to a new study from Finland. The study analysed the effects of longer rest and recovery periods between shifts on heart rate variability, which is an indicator of recovery.More

Transplant community still split on organ donation and allocation
Modern Healthcare
Geographic disparities in access to organs remain a big problem in the U.S., and some members of the transplant community say a pending plan to fix it focuses too much on "shuffling organs" and too little on boosting stagnant donation rates.More

Bill helps medical marijuana users access organ transplants
The Associated Press via The Sacramento Bee
California lawmakers have passed a bill that prevents medical marijuana users from being denied organ transplants just because they use pot. The state Senate on Monday passed AB258 by Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael on a 33-1 vote. Supporters say some patients who use medical marijuana have been denied life-saving organ transplants because they are treated by doctors as drug abusers. More

Ugandan Government prepares laws on tissue and organ transplants
SPY Ghana
Speaking at the 3rd annual sickle cell conference held at Hotel Africana, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda recently confirmed that plans are under way to have transplant centres that will enable treatment of the sickle-cell disease.More

Patients with surgical complications do better at same hospital
HealthDay News via Renal & Urology News
Surgery patients who suffer complications after discharge from a hospital are more likely to die if they're readmitted to a different hospital than where they had their original operation, according to a new study published online in The Lancet.More

Healthcare fraud and blowing the whistle
By Keith Carlson
We've all heard the news before; healthcare fraud — especially Medicare and insurance fraud — is more common than we think. Fraud occurs in home health, hospitals, physician offices, and other facilities. Healthcare professionals who find themselves potentially entangled in a fraudulent situation should immediately report the suspected abuse to the appropriate authorities.More