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Nov. 20, 2014

Message from ITNS Past-President Cindy Russell
As past-president of the International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS), I want to share some of ITNS's major accomplishments this year, which were driven by the strategic planning process that we initiated in 2011. Strategic planning is one of the primary responsibilities of the board of directors. This is a critical time in our society's development as a professional association, and the board feels very positive about the way we approached the strategic planning process and the outcomes it achieved. READ MOREMore

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How are organs chosen for transplant?
BBC News
Two men have died after worm-infected kidneys were transplanted from an alcoholic donor. The case has raised questions about the checks in place during transplantation and why other hospitals seemingly rejected the organs. So how are organs chosen for transplant?More

New test gauges danger of rejection when children need organ transplants
Managed Care Magazine
By measuring the inflammatory marker CD154, Pleximmune promises to predict the risk of organ rejection in liver and small-bowel transplant procedures.More

Organ gap: More women donate and they pay for it
Women's eNews
We know about the wage gap and the gender gap of inequity in so many disciplines from journalism to STEM fields. But what about the organ donation gap? Sixty percent of living kidney donors in the U.S. are women. And 60 percent of patients with kidney failure are men. And so the majority of costs associated with donation — both physical and fiscal — are on women. Similarly, most living donors are women in many other countries such as Switzerland, China and India.More

Hand transplant recovery sheds new light on touch
Sci-Tech Today
Recovery of feeling can gradually improve for years after a hand transplant, suggests a small study that points to changes in the brain, not just the new hand, as a reason. Research presented at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience sheds light on how the brain processes the sense of touch, and adapts when it goes awry. The work could offer clues to rehabilitation after stroke, brain injury, maybe one day even spinal cord injury.More

Face transplant case at Cleveland Clinic underscores importance of organ donation
The Plain Dealer
When the Cleveland Clinic placed one of its patients — a car accident victim who needed a near-total face transplant — on the national transplant wait list a few months ago, it reached out to Lifebanc for help. As it did when seeking a suitable donor for the near-total face transplant of Connie Culp in 2008, the Clinic provided the specific criteria that a potential donor needed to meet.More

A complete treatment of adult living donor liver transplantation: A review of surgical technique and current challenges to expand indication of patients
American Journal of Transplantation
The growing disparity between the number of liver transplant candidates and the supply of deceased donor organs has motivated the development of living donor liver transplantation. Over the last two decades, the operation has been markedly improved by innovations rendering modern results comparable with those of deceased donor liver transplantation. However, there remains room for further innovation, particularly in adult living donor liver transplantation.More

A need for RNs: Heading off the nursing shortage
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Despite the chatter about a nursing shortage, registered nurses are near the top of the list when it comes to employment growth, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In the past decade, the average age of employed RNs has increased by nearly two years, from 42.7 years in 2000 to 44.6 years. Although nurses are choosing to continue working rather than retire, the United States will need to produce 1.1 million newly registered nurses by 2022 to fill jobs and replace those who finally do retire. More