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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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More on Kidney Donor Jamie Donaldson’s Death

On April 16, 2015, Jamie Donaldson died while donating a kidney to his father, Frank Donaldson, at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers, Florida. Per federal guidelines, Gulf Coast’s transplant services were suspended until an investigation is complete. Liz Freeman, of the Naples Daily News, has been covering this story from the beginning. Below …

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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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How Not to Define Safety, Transplant Industry

The focus of this Egyptian transplant center study was the 8 living kidney donors who experienced kidney failure, as opposed to their overall 2000 LKDs. In the discussion section, however, the authors talked about *all* the donors, saying that 22% developed hypertension. Let’s remember, hypertension is second to diabetes in causing kidney failure.   Then …

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Living Donor Dies at Erie County Medical Center

Here are the facts: ECMC is suspending its living kidney transplant program following the death of a donor from an illegal drug overdose. Doctors successfully transplanted the organ to a family member in the spring of 2013. Six months later, the donor died. ECMC decided, with consultation with the United Network for Organ Sharing, the …

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