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Safety Issues with Living Liver Donor Transplant

Four transplant centers reviewed 85 living liver donor transplants between September and October 2012, and identified 542 safety issues. By contrast, traditional hospital wide protocols caught only 5% of the issues reported in the online briefings.

Too bad Lahey (one of the participants) had to kill a liver donor before they figured this out. In all seriousness, why is safety taken for granted until someone dies?

Full abstract: http://www.atcmeetingabstracts.com/abstract/safety-issues-identified-by-proactive-liver-transplant-safety-debriefing/

2 replies on “Safety Issues with Living Liver Donor Transplant”

The fact is that the there are few facts when it comes to living kidney donor statistics. Why? Because there is no national registry of living donors. Therefore, each transplant center is left to it’s own devices concerning follow-up of their living donors, after the nephrectomy. For most transplant centers, they only follow the health of the living kidney donor for one year, then the donor is on their own. The fact is that donors have died on the table, many have suffered short and long term post operative complications and some have gone into renal failure, themselves. For example, one transplant center failed to fully evaluate both kidneys of a husband donor. The transplant surgical team ended up taking his one good kidney and leaving him with a poorly funcitoning kidney. He went into renal failure two weeks after his donation and ended up on dialysis. Yes, these incidents are rare and the percentages are in the donor’s favor, However, if you end up with a complication, or dead after your elective nephrectomy, percentages mean very little. The fact is that any physician, discoverying that their patient had suddenly lost 50% of his/her renal function, would be deeply concerned about their health. Yet the media and the transplant industrial complex is constantly harping at the public, trying to convince them that they only need one kidney in order to live. What they don’t say is why we have two kidneys to begin with. Your “extra” kidney is there to get you through your old age, any possible trauma, hypertension and adult onset diabetes. These problems we all face throughout our lives is why we have two kidneys. As healthcare professionals we must remember our number one goal, which is to do no harm.

You do realize this is about living liver donors?

(not disagreeing with your comment, just that the abstract in question isn’t about kidney donation)

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