Would You Accept a Kidney from Someone Who Died of a Drug Overdose?

2018-09-24T17:29:36+00:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: eNews, Kidney Transplant, News & Events, Treatment|

The opioid crisis in the US has increased the availability of organs for people looking for a transplant due to drug overdose deaths. As a result, someone in need of a kidney transplant might face a dilemma on whether to accept a kidney in this type of circumstance. One of the potential concerns relates to the organ donor being labeled as having an “increased risk” for contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV, which may not be able to be detected if contracted a week before his/her death. However, the risk is relatively small (less than a 1-in-1,000 chance), and a [...]

US Department of Labor Protects Living Organ Donors

2018-10-17T16:47:37+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: Employment, eNews, Kidney Transplant, News & Events, Treatment|

The US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division published an opinion letter last week stating that surgery for people who donate an organ qualifies as a “serious health condition” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The letter may provide reassurance to individuals that are considering donating a kidney, but are concerned about losing their jobs due to being away for surgery or post-surgery care. About the Family and Medical Leave Act The FMLA allows “eligible employees of covered employers” the ability to take 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during a 12-month period for certain family and medical conditions. [...]

The Nuts and Bolts of Becoming a Transplant Patient Recording and Slides

2018-08-08T16:25:57+00:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: eNews, Kidney Transplant, Treatment, Webinar|

If you were unable to attend last week's education seminar, the recording is now available! Please see the video below for details. In addition, download the slides. We want to keep getting better. Please help us by sharing your comments and suggestions here: Webinar Review Topics include: Learning what it means to be on the transplant list Understanding the transplant process from start to finish Dispelling the myths of what is or is not involved Learning tips for to help you succeed in the process and more

RSVP for Thursday’s Webinar: The Nuts and Bolts of Becoming a Transplant Patient

2018-08-08T16:30:10+00:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: eNews, Kidney Transplant, Treatment, Webinar|

Join us Thursday, July 26 at 2:00PM Eastern to learn the basics of what is involved with being a transplant patient. Topics include: Learning what it means to be on the transplant list Understanding the transplant process from start to finish Dispelling the myths of what is or is not involved Learning tips for to help you succeed in the process and more RSVP to attend. This webinar will be presented by Dr. Keith Melancon, Director of the George Washington Transplant Institute. About Dr. Melancon: Dr. Melancon is currently the Director of the George Washington Transplant Institute and the Medical Director [...]

Researchers and Journalists Call Out Poorly Performing Organ Procurement Organizations

2018-08-08T16:48:44+00:00July 16th, 2018|Categories: eNews, Kidney Transplant, Treatment|

Recent research and journalism has highlighted significant variations in the ability of regional Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) to obtain donor organs for transplants. An analysis by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania rated 35 of 58 OPOs, and identified the best performers among them the OPOs serving Utah and Southern Idaho; Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware; the Finger Lakes region of New York; Wisconsin; and Nebraska. The poorest performing were those serving the New York City region; Southern California; Kentucky; and North Carolina. The New York City OPO’s poor performance was highlighted in a New York Times article last week. Three [...]

Researchers Think They’ve Found the Cause of Organ Rejection

2018-12-11T01:53:49+00:00June 29th, 2017|Categories: eNews, Kidney Transplant, Medication|

Receiving a kidney transplant is the preferred treatment for end-stage renal disease (ESRD). However, wait times to receive a transplant can be long, and the cost of medication to maintain the transplant is very high. Transplanted organs typically last around 10 years, if taken care of well. However, researchers at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh may have found the answer to prevent organ rejection. Fadi Lakkis, the scientific director at the transplantation institute, believed ideally, an organ transplant would last the rest of the patient’s life. Not only this, but the drugs that suppress the [...]

Preparing for National Kidney Month

2018-12-11T00:52:16+00:00February 28th, 2017|Categories: Dialysis, eNews, Kidney Transplant|Tags: , |

As Black History month comes to a close, and national kidney month is about to begin, it’s important to think about the relationship between kidney health and African Americans. Kidney disease can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. However, African Americans are disproportionately affected by kidney disease for a variety of reasons including genetics and socio-economics. Compared to other ethnic groups, African Americans have higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure which are the two leading causes of kidney disease. While most patients may be aware of their diabetes or high blood pressure, many don’t know these conditions [...]

University of Maryland Helps Patient Avoid Dialysis Through 28-Person Kidney Swap

2018-12-11T22:45:38+00:00July 18th, 2016|Categories: eNews, Kidney Transplant|Tags: , |

If you are currently on the kidney transplant list, you may have heard of paired kidney donation. When a family member or friend who is willing to be a living donor, but is not compatible to their intended recipient they can choose to be part of a paired kidney exchange. The transplant team will work to match another donor and recipient to create a donation “chain.” Frequently you’ll see “chains” in the news with, 9, 14, or even 32 donors and recipients paired together for kidney donations. Recently, the University of Maryland School of Medicine in conjunction with the National Kidney Registry participated in a 28-person [...]

What is Preemptive Transplantation?

2019-01-09T16:39:41+00:00June 1st, 2016|Categories: eNews, Kidney Transplant|

One potential treatment option when a living donor is involved is a preemptive transplant. This is where you get a transplant before going on dialysis or, in some cases, shortly after. Generally, you won’t be a candidate until your kidney disease has at least progressed to stage 3. Then, you and your donor would go through a quickened evaluation process and set a date for surgery before your kidneys completely fail or shortly after. Preemptive transplantation takes place in 17% of all transplants.[1] The surgery is not for everyone, and some potential barriers include: Some patients believe that dialysis is [...]

Paired Kidney Donation

2019-01-09T17:28:44+00:00May 20th, 2016|Categories: Kidney Transplant, The Kidney Citizen|

Paired Kidney Donation is an alternative option given to those who are not directly compatible with their recipient. Some transplant programs participate in Paired Kidney Donation, which allows an incompatible donor to still help their loved one who is in need of a kidney transplant. Paired Kidney Donation allows more recipients to have the benefit of living donor kidneys and provides a way for motivated, healthy living donors to still help his or her potential recipient. Essentially, Paired Kidney Donation works by allowing a blood type or crossmatch incompatible kidney transplant recipient and their donor to exchange kidneys with other donor/recipient [...]