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Not Easy to Sue For Malpractice

Propublica’s long-term investigation into patient harm has produced an article about the difficulties in obtaining a malpractice attorney. The story revolves around living kidney donor Ernie Ciccotelli.   “Ciccotelli, 58, donated his kidney in 2006 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston…within days he suffered nausea and intense pain in his gut, then chills and a steady …

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OPTN Standards For Transplant Surgeons Are Too Low

This excerpt pretty much says it all: The learning curve [of a surgeon specializing in laparoscopic donor nephrectomy], defined by decreased operating time, averaged 35 cases. Improved intra-operative, patient, and recipient outcomes were observed for centers performing ?50 LDNs annually. The United Network of Organ Sharing [UNOS; in this case used as a synonym for …

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Living As My Sister’s Keeper

The Establishment published this essay a couple of weeks ago, entitled Of Kin and Kidney Transplants: Living As My Sister’s Keeper. It juxtaposes the Herrick transplant with a personal narrative, interspersed with research about risks. (It’s much more impactful and entertaining than it sounds, I promise). Please read and share with everyone who needs to …

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63.6% of Living Kidney Donors Are Overweight

An analysis of the OPTN/UNOS database from 1999-2011 reveals that 63.6% of all living kidney donors were either overweight* or obese. (emphasis mine): “Overweight and mildly obese kidney donors have increased through time by 12% and 20% every 5 years, respectively “   Obesity is associated with numerous health risks, including Type 2 Diabetes and …

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How to Eliminate Some Living Donation Related Costs

Note: Typical with most recently published studies, I’m only able to see the abstract for this one.   Authors collected info from 194 living kidney donors enrolled in the KDOC study. “Most LKDs (n=187, 96%) reported one or more direct costs, including ground transportation (80%), healthcare (24%), lodging (17%) and air transportation (14%)…..Higher total costs …

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