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Dallas transplant company was losing money, but fixed its business model

If you have a bad business model, you have a bad business model. It doesn ’t matter whether you’re selling cars, lemonade or legal services, or recovering hearts, kidneys, livers and lungs for transplant. That was the situation Patti Niles found herself in when she started her role as president and CEO at Dallas-based Southwest Transplant Alliance almost four years a go. The more organs the alliance recovered, the more money it lost. Niles set out to stop the financial bleeding and to dramatically…
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Conclusions Kidney transplant biopsies were safe, performed adequately by trainee nephrologists and were often associated with a change in drug management.
Source: Annals of Medicine and Surgery - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS We conclude that, despite the high risk, pancreas transplantation in a patient with HIT can be safely done while on NOAC therapy, but an access to idarucizumab should be assured. PMID: 29622761 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Annals of Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Ann Transplant Source Type: research
We describe a rare case of gastric mucormycosis in a patient with a combined liver-kidney transplant affected by glycogen storage disease type Ia.A 42-year-old female patient presented with gastric pain and melena 26 days after transplantation. Evaluation with upper endoscopy showed two bleeding gastric ulcers.
Source: Transplantation Proceedings - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusion Given the complexity and significance of PVGT, urgent and prompt treatment is necessary. Interpreting outcomes from our case and other small studies, it appears that endovascular pharmacomechanical thrombectomy can be a vital tool to salvage graft organs in those receiving SPK.
Source: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
AbstractAcute kidney injury (AKI) is a common accompaniment in patients with liver disease. The causes, risk factors, manifestations and management of AKI in these patients vary according to the liver disease in question (acute liver failure, acute-on-chronic liver failure, post-liver transplantation or metabolic liver disease). There are multiple causes of AKI in patients with liver disease —pre-renal, acute tubular necrosis, post-renal, drug-induced renal failure and hepatorenal syndrome (HRS). Definitions of AKI in liver failure are periodically revised and updated, but pediatric definitions have still to see the ...
Source: Pediatric Nephrology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
Hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy (HALDN) is currently the procedure of choice for obtaining living donor kidneys for transplantation. In our institution, it has been the standard procedure for 5 years. Previous studies have shown the same function of the graft as that obtained by open surgery, with a lower rate of bleeding and no differences in complications. We sought to demonstrate the experience and safety of HALDN compared with open donor nephrectomy in healthy donors for kidney transplantation.
Source: Transplantation Proceedings - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: 14th Latin American and Caribbean Congress on Transplantation Source Type: research
The use of intraoperative sodium heparin during simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation (SPKT) remains as a routine practice in some referral centers to minimize pancreatic graft thrombosis rate. One of its disadvantages is the theoretical increased risk of postoperative bleeding. In our center, we have abandoned its use since  2011.
Source: Transplantation Proceedings - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: 10th Congress of the Andalusian Society of Organ and Tissue Transplantation Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewKidney transplant recipients have an increased risk of pulmonary embolism; however, thromboprophylaxis poses a challenge as the risk of thrombosis must be balanced against the risk of bleeding. This review summarizes the evidence on whether thromboprophylaxis is required in kidney transplantation.Recent FindingsIncidence of venous thromboembolism, comprising pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis, is increased in kidney transplant recipients compared to the general population, with augmented risk of death and graft loss. Findings suggest a benefit of prophylaxis with heparin and mechanical p...
Source: Current Urology Reports - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
Conclusions Previous history of abdominal transplant is associated with an increased 30-day incidence of stroke after cardiac surgery. Abdominal transplant does not affect 30-day mortality after cardiac surgery, whereas long-term survival is significantly reduced. Regular patient follow-up and prevention and early treatment of postoperative complications are key to patient survival.
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
Conclusions In our 20-year experience of simultaneous pancreas–kidney transplantation, the morbidity rate, and 5-year patient and pancreas graft survivals were similar to those previously reported from the international pancreas transplant registries.
Source: Cirugia Espanola - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
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