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Jul. 10, 2014

Why you should attend the Annual ITNS Symposium
"The Annual ITNS Symposium consistently strives to bring the latest developments and issues in the field of transplantation of all organs together in a program that is informative, stimulating, and varied. It truly has something for everyone and leaves you thinking about your patients and your practice in new ways." – Michael Petty, PhD, RN, CCNS, ACNS-BC

Register today to save $50.

Need pharmacology credit? Don't miss the presymposium which offers a full 8-hour session or a 4-hour session. The sessions will cover evidence-based guidelines, drug-specific information, safe prescribing practices, safe medication administration, and more. Earn the pharmacology credit you need at the Annual ITNS Symposium.More

8 August- Deadline for ITNS Award Nominations
Take a few minutes of your time to nominate a colleague for an ITNS award! The prestigious Transplant Nursing Excellence Award and the Friend of Transplant Nursing Award will be presented at the Annual Symposium, to be held 27-29 September 2014.

Learn more about the awards and submit a nomination today!

Heart transplant footage shows how far medical science has come in keeping people alive
Medical Daily
VideoBrief Since the first heart transplant at Stanford University Hospital in 1968, doctors and scientists have refined the operation to an astounding degree. The latest footage from Portugal's Instituto do Coração shows the operation close up, from the perspective of the operating surgeon. What begins with a clean incision into the patient's chest and a motorized saw to break the breast plate, ends with electric paddles and a pair of gloved hands to massage the new heart into rhythm.More

Organ transplants up for eighth straight year in UK
AFP via Yahoo News
England and Wales has seen an eighth straight annual rise in the number of patients benefiting from organ transplants, new NHS figures show, in a sign that donation is becoming increasingly acceptable. There were 4,655 transplants carried out across the U.K. in the 2013/14 financial year — a 10 percent rise on the previous year and the first time the number has topped 4,600, NHS Blood and Transplant said in a statement.More

Ministry looks into Cambodia kidney scandal
The Nation
The Thai Public Health Ministry is looking into a report published in The Cambodia Daily about a Cambodian woman allegedly running an organ-transplant racket in which she reportedly persuades people to sell their kidney to patients in Thailand.More

How to cut overreliance on contract nurses
Health Leaders Media
Realigning leadership, beefing up in-house resources, and centralizing nurse staffing helped one Iowa hospital save money and decrease turnover. Alegent Creighton Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, had a staffing problem. More

Acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease each a risk of the other
National Institutes of Health
Acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease are closely intertwined, with each disease a risk factor for developing the other and sharing other risk factors in common, as well as sharing causes for the diseases to get worse, and outcomes, suggests a comprehensive analysis by scientists at the National Institutes of Health and George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Findings were published July 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine.More

Accelerated telomere reduction and hepatocyte senescence in tolerated human liver allografts
Transplant Immunology
In living donor liver transplantation, the biological organ age of the donated allograft is unknown in young patients who receive grafts from older donors. Few studies have focused on the effects of aging on allografts in the state of tolerance. The purpose of this study was to assess the biological organ age of liver grafts.More

Concomitant tricuspid valve surgery during implantation of continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices: A Society of Thoracic Surgeons database analysis
The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Performing concomitant tricuspid valve procedures in left ventricular assist device patients with significant pre-operative tricuspid regurgitation is controversial, and no studies before the following have been large enough to definitively guide therapy.More

Celebrities on board with bid to boost organ donation levels
Nursing Times
Just 45 percent of families agree to organ donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one's decision to be a donor. But this figure rises to 95 percent when they know the decision, according to figures released yesterday to mark this year's National Transplant Week. The aim of this year's campaign is to get people to spell out their donation decision to increase awareness that families will be asked to agree to organ donation.More

6 reasons why nurses are the unsung heroes of the ER
The Huffington Post
Dr. Brett Belchetz writes: During a busy Sunday evening in my ER two weeks ago, while I stitched closed a laceration to the temple of a two-year-old infant who had run into a door, disaster struck. As is customary in these situations, my attendant nurse, a kind woman who is wonderful with children, had wrapped up the child in layers of sheets to prevent any unexpected movements of arms or legs while we performed the delicate procedure. Halfway through my sewing, our young patient stealthily managed to extricate a right arm from her wrapping, and promptly, before anyone noticed, the injured child delivered a full force punch to the face of my poor nurse.More