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Aug. 6, 2015

National Minority Donor Awareness Week
National Minority Donor Awareness Week, observed each year from August 1-7, was created to focus awareness on the need for more organ, eye, and tissue donors, especially among minorities. This special week honors minorities who have been donors, and encourages others to register as donors. In 2014:

A greater diversity of donors may potentially increase access to transplantation for everyone. For more information, please visit and "Why Minority Donors Are Needed."

We're also proud to announce the launch of our new Spanish language website, It has the same content as, now for the Spanish-speaking public.

Thank you for your commitment to organ, eye, and tissue donation.


Product Feature: Introduction to Transplant Nursing Core Competencies
In user-friendly, bulleted format, the Introduction to Transplant Nursing: Core Competencies describes the competencies relative to the fifteen domains of transplant nursing practice. As Sandra Cupples, PhD RN, noted in her review of this product "Transplant nurses have an obligation to achieve and maintain competency in practice. Managers have an obligation to assure the ongoing competencies of transplant nursing staff. This book is an indispensable resource for both." Utilize your member discount and purchase your copy today!More

LifeNet Health Institute of Regenerative Medicine 2015 Symposia
Regenerative Surgery — The Cutting Edge
September 25-26, 2015
1884 Concert Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23453

Register at using discount code "allograft" to get the reduced registration rate of $200. This website will also give you access to the agenda, speaker talk titles, information on the hotel, and other logistics.

Click here to view the fact sheet about the meeting.

The meeting has been endorsed by The Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) and VABio.More

The key to building cohesive nursing teams
By Keith Carlson
Nursing teams have the potential to be dynamic and powerful entities, and creating and maintaining them is a process worthy of considerable attention. Cultivating team spirit and camaraderie among nurses is not something to be left to chance. Having said that, many managers who lack the savvy or willingness to manifest a winning team will often leave the group to its own devices. Work and determination are essential for a team's success, and leadership is a key ingredient.More

Infections in solid-organ transplantation: An overview
Medscape News
For many patients, the best long-term solution for chronic advanced organ failure is solid-organ transplantation. Although dialysis and cardiac assist devices can be lifesaving, both require ongoing intimate contact with medical machinery. For long-term survival and quality of life, nothing replaces organ transplantation. Organ transplantation is a major upgrade over end-stage organ disease, but it comes at a cost, which includes a substantially elevated risk for infections. Regardless of the organ, infections are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in transplant recipients.More

Organ donation rates mostly unaffected by state policies
Renal & Urology News
State policies put in place from 1988 to 2010 to boost organ donation and transplantation have had little or no effect, a new study suggests. During that 22-year period, initiatives such as first-person consent, which allows people to donate organs without family consent, establishment of organ donation registries that officially register consent for donation, tax incentives, and paid leave have had no statistically significant effect on donation and transplantation rates.More

Maharashtra cabinet approves amendment to Human Organ Transplant state Act
Times of India
The Maharashtra state cabinet recently approved the amendments to the state act on human organ transplant on the lines of the Central Act. The Central Act was amended in 2011. To ensure better implementation of the Act and prohibit commercialization of organ transplant, the cabinet approved the amendments to the State Act. The improvements in the Act will benefit the ignorant and those who are mentally challenged, said a press release. The Act also provides for more stringent action against the guilty. More

Australia: Things Transplant Recipients Never Say video explores life as an organ recipient
ABC Online
As DonateLife Week kicks off across the country, a group of young Australians have shed light into what life is like as an organ transplant recipient, in the video Things Transplant Recipients Never Say.More

Renal replacement need after cardiac surgery hikes death risk
Renal & Urology News
Patients who require renal replacement therapy (RRT) after cardiac surgery are at increased risk of death, independent of other factors, according to a new study. Charat Thongprayoon, MD, and colleagues at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., compared with 202 patients who experienced acute kidney injury and required RRT within 30 days after cardiac surgery (cases) with an age- and sex-matched control group of 404 patients who underwent cardiac surgery but did not require RRT post-operatively.More