Monthly Archives: August 2013

Poll: Is it fair to accept an organ donation if you or your family isn’t willing to donate an organ?

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Noninvasive protein test can better predict kidney transplant outcomes

In a multicenter research study published in the Aug 22 2013 issue of American Journal of Transplantation, authors report that a low level of a protein called CXCL9 can rule out rejection as a cause of kidney injury. Currently, the only definitive way to distinguish rejection from other causes of kidney is to perform a biopsy. While this is generally safe, it does carry some risk for the patient and is not always accurate. “A noninvasive urine test to accurately monitor the risk of kidney rejection could dramatically reduce the need fr biopsies and possibly enable doctors to safely reduce immunosuppressive therapy in some patients” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

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Facebook adds organ donor status option to your time line

Facebook’s decision to give its users the option of adding their organ donor status to their timeline, along with facilitating user’s registration as an organ donor, may prove to save thousands of lives. According to a June 18, 2013 article in the American Journal of Transplantation. ” Andrew Cameron, MD, PhD, of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and his colleagues wondered whether social media could be used to reach more of the population and motivate them to become donors upon their death. Collaborating with Facebook, the Timeline platform on the social media site was altered to let users change their profile status to indicate “organ donor.” When they did so, they were given a link to their official state donor registry, and a message was sent to their friends informing them of their new status. Their friends then had the opportunity to change their own status as well and to keep the message going.

When the investigators looked at the online registration activity in state registries for the weeks following Facebook’s organ donor initiative, they saw a large spike in donor registration in all states. On the first day of the initiative, there were 13,054 new online registrations, representing a 21.1-fold increase over the baseline average of 616 registrations. This first-day effect ranged from 6.9-fold in Michigan to 108.9-fold in Georgia. Registration rates remained elevated in the following 12 days. ” Please help keep the “virality” of this social media tool by doing your part.

Need help on using this aspect of Facebook?

Share Your Organ Donor Status

Make it Official
You can officially register as an organ donor with the appropriate registry online. Learn more.

How do I share that I’m an organ donor on Facebook?.

You can share that you’re an organ donor from your timeline. Here’s how:

1.Click Life Event at the top of your timeline
2.Select Health & Wellness
3.Select Organ Donor
4.Select your audience and click Save

Note: This feature is only available in some countries.

If you’re not officially registered as an organ donor, sign up with the appropriate registry

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Sanford Health transplant programs in North and South Dakota have received the Bronze Award for Transplant Programs and the Bronze Medal of Honor for Organ Donations by HHS

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The Summer 2013 issue of Chimera (published by the American Organization of Transplant Surgeons) reports that

“The Sanford Health transplant programs in Fargo, North Dakota, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, have earned recognition from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for quality performance in transplant care. Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel, and Mexico.

HHS has awarded the Sanford Health transplant programs with the Bronze Award for Transplant Programs and the Bronze Medal of Honor for Organ Donations.

The Bronze Award for Transplant Programs, which was based on Sanford’s work with kidney transplants, considered factors to measure quality, including post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates on waitlist patients, and pre-transplant mortality rates. This award positioned Sanford in the top 23 percent of transplant programs in the country. Additionally, Sanford medical centers in Fargo and Sioux Falls were the only transplant centers in North Dakota and South Dakota to secure the honor.

The Bronze Medal of Honor for Organ Donations is presented to organizations that achieve and sustain national goals for collaborative conversion of organ donations, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more from eligible donors. Both Fargo and Sioux Falls transplant programs experienced a donation rate of nearly 80 percent. This is the sixth time Sanford Fargo Medical Center was honored for organ donations and the fourth time Sanford University of South Dakota Medical Center in Sioux Falls received this recognition”

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Think you’re too old to donate an organ? Not necessarily so..

Take a moment to read  Organ, Eye and Tissue donation for Persons 50 and over. This informative brochure put out by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (April 2012) tells many inspiring studies including the story of Carlton Blackburn who became the nation’s oldest organ donor just 9 days shy of his 93rd birthday. This brochures answers many misconceptions about age as a factor in organ donation. Are you ready to sign up to donate today?

Call 1.866.99DONATE (993.6628) to register in your state.

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Medline Plus and Liver Transplantation

If you haven’t already made Medline Plus your one stop source for all authoritative, consumer level health information.. you definitely need to add this to your repertoire. Not only can you find AUTHORITATIVE, non biased medical literature ( free from annoying ads and bias) but you can often also find videos, illustrations, easy to read information, links and much more. Read about liver transplantation on medline plus here.

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