ITNS Insider
Aug. 20, 2015

Induced hypothermia in kidney donors can improve transplantation
By Lynn Hetzler
Dropping the temperature of a deceased organ donor by just 2 degrees C could improve efficiency of kidney transplantation, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Cooling donor bodies could reduce the possibility of developing delayed graft function by 38 percent. A form of acute renal failure that often results in allograft immunogenicity, post-transplantation oliguria and acute rejection episodes, delayed graft function can reduce long-term survival of recipients.More

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OPTN/UNOS Policy and Bylaw Proposals Distributed for Public Comment
This document contains twelve proposals being offered for public comment. These proposals were developed by OPTN/UNOS committees. When the public comment period ends on October 14, 2015, each sponsoring committee will review the feedback it received and consider modifications to the original proposals. The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors may then review and vote on these proposals at its meeting on December 1-2, 2015.

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Please submit all comments no later than October 14, 2015. For general questions about the proposals, please contact your Regional Administrator at (804) 782-4800. We welcome your feedback on these proposals and other aspects of the public comment process as we continue to improve the way that we communicate with the community. Thank you in advance for your careful review and feedback on these proposals. More

Nurse is co-worker's kidney carrier
Sunbury Daily Item
While many in need of organ donation across the country never receive the life-saving treatment they need, one Geisinger nurse was fortunate enough to have her donor working side by side with her. Lisa Stevens and Kelly Flowers are both nurses at the Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. Stevens had a transplant 20 years ago, and last year doctors noticed her vital signs started to change.More

Organ transplantation linked to greater risk of aggressive melanoma
Medical News Today
A new study finds patients who undergo an organ transplant are at greater risk of developing melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — and are at even higher risk of dying from the disease, compared with individuals who do not have a transplant.More

Lower intratumoral macrophage infiltration seen in solid organ transplant recipients with SCC
Researchers found that although there was no significant difference in tumor-associated macrophage density in tissue samples with squamous cell carcinoma in situ or invasive squamous cell carcinoma from solid organ transplant recipients, there was a significant decrease in intratumoral macrophage infiltration compared with normal tissue samples.More

Once again, the media got it wrong when it comes to nurses
By Keith Carlson
A great deal is written about nursing, and the public can hear many mixed messages about nurses. On one hand, Gallup polls show nurses are voted the most trustworthy professionals. On the other hand, the public watches "Nurse Jackie," where nurses are rule-breaking mavericks who pop pills and have sex in the pharmacy. Cosmopolitan recently published an article titled "14 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became A Nurse," which casts a cynical light on the profession.More

Serum chloride levels linked to mortality in heart failure patients
HealthDay News via Renal & Neurology News
Serum chloride levels at admission are associated with mortality among patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF), according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.More

France: Cutting-edge kidney transplant a 1st
Medical Xpress
A sister-to-sister kidney transplant in France is the first to combine robotics, vaginal access and the donated organ's immediate implant after removal, according to the surgeons. The procedure at the University Hospital Centre in Toulouse was executed "in a single go, exclusively with robots," the lead surgeon, Frederico Sallustro, told AFP.More

Proactive nurse rounds among the best practices in patient-centered care
As hospitals across the U.S. compete to promote patient-centered care, a new study by Johns Hopkins Medicine shows that simple steps such as proactive nursing rounds are among a handful of best practices that are most likely to give patients a positive hospital experience. The study, published in the August issue of the journal Medical Care, was based on 52 responses to questionnaires and letters sent to CEOs and medical personnel of top-ranked or most improved hospitals for patient experience.More

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