Search Tag: organ donation

ICU Management

LIVES2016: Do We Need the Dead Donor Rule?

2016 11 Oct

With continuing shortages of donor organs in all countries, should the dead donor rule be replaced by the “dead enough for donation” rule? The issues surrounding organ donation when the donor is not yet dead were presented by Rik Gerritsen, Chair of the Ethics section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine at LIVES 2016 in Milan last week.... Read more

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Three Criteria Can Identify Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Patients for Potential Organ Donation

2016 27 Sep

Three objective criteria could identify out-of hospital  ‏cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients with ‏zero chance of survival, who can be considered ‏for organ donation. Prof. Xavier Jouven, Georges ‏Pompidou European Hospital, Paris, and ‏colleagues, analysed data from two registries and ‏a clinical trial, and found that there is essentially ‏no chance of... Read more

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Caring for Organ Donors in the ICU

2016 20 Sep

The key points in caring for organ donors in the intensive care unit (ICU) are to use standardised donor management protocols, to administer methylprodnisolone, desmopressin and vasopressin as a useful supplement to treatment of brain dead patients, and to use the same target parameters as for other critically ill patients, according to a review article... Read more

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Three Criteria Can ID OHCA Patients for Potential Organ Donation

2016 12 Sep

Three objective criteria can be used during the first minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation to identify patients who have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), who have zero chance of survival and can be considered for organ donation, thus potentially saving other lives. Xavier Jouven, Georges Pompidou European Hospital, Paris, and colleagues,... Read more

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The Right Stuff: Information on Organ Donation

2016 03 Jul

The sensitive issue of providing information about organ donation to families of potential donors whilst not seeming to pressure them into giving consent has been addressed by a randomised controlled trial in Australia. The trial compared two videos of a simulated conversation about organ donation, the only difference being the amount of information... Read more

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Specialist Nurses Help Boost Transplant Figures

2015 03 Aug

In Ireland, the number of transplants this year has increased following the appointment of six nurses in hospitals across the country who liaise with bereaved families about donating a loved one's organs. So far, 157 transplants have been performed, involving 47 deceased donors and 17 living donors. For 2015, authorities say, the overall target is to... Read more

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Ethical Change Recommended to Increase Donor Organs in USA

2015 12 May

To help ease an organ shortage crisis in the US, ethicists from NYU Langone Medical Center have suggested a simple and ethical change in policy that would greatly expand the nation’s organ pool while respecting autonomy, choice, and vulnerability of a deceased’s family or authorised caregiver.Their proposed solution, which is described in an article... Read more

Executive Health Management

Mayo Study: AKI Kidneys Can Be Safely Transplanted

2015 07 Apr

New research published in the American Journal of Transplantation indicates that some kidneys affected by Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) may be safely used for transplantation. The revelation that such kidneys might be useful to patients awaiting organ transplantation can help to alleviate the current shortage of kidneys in the US. The single-site study... Read more

Cardiology Management

Cardiac Specialists Propose New Heart Donation Guidelines

2015 17 Jan

Cardiac specialists have proposed new guidelines for heart transplant patients to receive donor organs. The proposed changes will improve the organ distribution process, increasing the survival rates of patients awaiting transplant surgery and post-transplant treatment. The recommendations are detailed in the January 2015 edition of the American Journal... Read more

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Organ Donors Who Need Kidneys Go to Top of Transplant List

2014 08 Dec

Based on a new study in the US, living organ donors who later need a kidney go to the top of the transplant waiting list and get excellent-quality kidneys compared to their counterparts who were not donors. The finding tends to confirm that a US policy giving priority to previous organ donors on the transplant waiting list is working, according to Dr.... Read more


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