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How Many Living Kidney Donors Were Obese Pre-Donation?

47,705 adult living kidney donors as reported to OPTN from 1999 to 2011 were analyzed using their pre-donation BMI (body mass index) 35.6% were normal weight. 40.5% were overweight 18.9% were mildly obese 4.2% were moderate to morbidly obese Overweight and mildly obese kidney donors have increased through time by 12% and 20% every 5 …

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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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Proposed OPTN Policies Living Donors Should Care About

I encourage everyone who’s invested in the way the US transplant system functions to review *all* the proposed policies and submit informed comments. The following are the policies which affect living donors: Revise Data Release Policy Revise KPD Priority Points Requirements for Therapeutic Organ Donation All policies and the means to submit a public comment …

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Surgeon’s Learning Curve Endangers Living Kidney Donor

This recently published paper followed one surgeon as he performed 60 living donor nephrectomies. The first 30 were hand-assisted laparoscopic and the second 30 were pure laparoscopic. Here’s how his patients fared (emphasis mine):   Thirteen patients (43.3%) in the [hand-assisted] group experienced a total of 17 intraoperative errors, and 11 (36.7%) in the [pure …

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