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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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Resilience and Quality of Life in Living Kidney Donors

Resilience, according to various sources on the net, is described as an ability to recover quickly from misfortune, change or difficulty; moderating the negative effects of stress, and promoting adaptation.   In this study, 161 potential living kidney donors took the RS-13 (Short version of the Resilience Scale), which “measures the competence to moderate the …

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Living Donor Psychosocial Evaluations Are Inadequate

Seven European researchers, on behalf of the ELPAT Paychological Care for Living Donors and Recipients Working Group “performed a systematic literature review of guidelines, consensus statements, and protocols on the content and process of psychosocial screening of living kidney and liver donor candidates… Thirty-four publications were identified, including seven guidelines, six consensus statements, and 21 …

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Fatigue, Decreased Quality of Life in Living Kidney Donors

This one is from 2012. 74% of living kidney donors who donated between 1997 and 2009 at the Leiden University Medical Center filled out the questionnaires, including the Short-Form 36 (yep, that one again; popular with the researchers);the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory; and the Utrecht Scale for Evaluation of Rehabilitation-Participation (regarding societal participation).   The following is …

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