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Sep. 18, 2014

There's still time to join us in Houston!
Don't let this opportunity to attend the Annual ITNS Symposium pass you up! Online registration for the Annual Symposium is closed, but you can still register via phone by calling 847.375.6340. Don't miss the special events like Cakes and Canvases, the Women in Transplantation Networking Cocktail Reception, and the Pre Symposium sessions. We'll see you soon in Houston, TX for One World of Caring!More

ITNS invites you to submit an abstract!
The International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) Annual Symposium Planning Committee (ASPC) invites you to submit abstract applications to present at the 2015 Summer Symposia, June 13 -14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. The general abstract submission deadline is Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (Midnight) Central Time (CT) Chicago, Illinois, USA. Questions about abstract submission? Contact Jennifer Wahl, ITNS Education Manager, at

US beacon of hope for world's transplant patients
Five hospitals refused Kwesi Aguillera's appeals as he lay fighting to breathe, his life hinging on a double transplant for his disease-scarred lungs. Rejections from Canada, Spain and Great Britain cooled his hopes. Doctors in his native Trinidad and Tobago watched helplessly, as the Caribbean republic is ill-equipped to offer the operation that can cost more than $500,000 in other countries. Unlike the United States, many nations decline to accept international candidates to keep scarce organs available for their citizens. More

Study: Age, medications play role in post-transplant cancer rate
By Karen Zabel
Organ transplant recipients regularly receive immunosuppressive drugs to help minimize the risk of rejection, but those drugs come with significant risks of their own, including leaving patients open to predatory infections and even certain types of cancer. Now, a new study suggests the type of immunosuppressant drug used as well as other factors may help predict those risks and possibly reduce them. The study was presented at the 2014 World Transplant Congress in San Francisco.More

Mismatched DNA test may transform organ transplant process
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Scientists at Johns Hopkins say they have identified a highly sensitive means of analyzing tiny amounts of DNA that could increase the ability of forensic scientists to match genetic material in some criminal investigations. It could also prevent the need for a painful, invasive test given to transplant patients at risk of rejecting their donor organs and replace it with a blood test that reveals traces of donor DNA, according to the researchers.More

India: Health department will help private hospitals to set up organ transplantation facilities
The Times of India
There is a golden opportunity for the private hospitals willing to introduce organ transplant in their hospitals. The health department will accept private hospitals' applications for introducing organ transplant facilities in their hospitals.More

UNOS struggles to address disparities in access to donated livers
Modern Healthcare
Geographic disparities in access to donated livers is a big problem in the U.S. and a solution is urgently needed to accompany awareness efforts, said experts from the United Network for Organ Sharing during a recent public forum in Chicago. "We shouldn't be driving a system that makes things worse," said Dr. David Mulligan, chair of the liver and intestinal organ transplantation committee for UNOS. "We need to look at what makes sense." More

Sarcoidosis-associated pulmonary hypertension and lung transplantation for sarcoidosis
Medscape News
Pulmonary hypertension is a significant complication of sarcoidosis, occurring in 6 to 74 percent of patients. The presence of PH markedly increases mortality among these patients; this effect is independent of pulmonary function. As will be discussed in detail later, lung transplantation is a viable therapeutic option for severe pulmonary parenchymal or vascular disease refractory to medical therapy in patients with sarcoidosis, but has significant morbidity and mortality. In this article, we first discuss in depth sarcoidosis-associated PH, including pathogenesis, prevalence, clinical features and therapy. Finally, we discuss LT (results, indications, and identifying appropriate candidates) for sarcoid patients with end-stage fibrocystic disease or SAPH.More

An empirically based practice perspective on the transition to adulthood for solid organ transplant recipients
Pediatric Transplantation
Preparing patients for transitioning to self-managed care and subsequently transferring to the adult healthcare system has become a critical process for clinicians working with pediatric transplant recipients. This paper reviews several barriers to a successful transition. These include patient barriers, caregiver barriers, and considerations within pediatric and adult centers. To date, few approaches for improving the transition process have been empirically tested. More

The future of nursing: A 10,000-foot view
By Keith Carlson
Nursing and healthcare in the United States are at a crossroads. A broad view of the issues at hand are required in order to address the future of the nursing profession, the American healthcare system and an aging population. Questions regarding the potential existence of a nursing shortage, the number of nurses and nurse educators poised to retire, and the lack of hospital-based employment for new nurses are just some of the conundrums facing us at this juncture. One thing is for certain — the conversations we are having all point to the fact that changes are afoot, and an expansive 10,000-foot view is desperately needed. More