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Several States Set Donation Record in 2014 – Allograft Possibilities

Donor Network of Arizona and Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network both announced that 2014 was a record year for donation in their service areas.

Donor Network of Arizona reported the highest number of tissue donors ever as they honored the gift of donation from 1,224 people.  Tissue donation can provide life-saving and life-enhancing possibilities for many recipients across the United States and around the world.

According to Gift of Hope, the organ procurement organization serving Illinois and northwest Indiana, 1,908 donors and their families authorized the donation of bone, skin, heart valve and other tissue for transplant during the year.

None of this would be possible without the generosity of each tissue donor and their family’s ability to look beyond their own grief to envision the healing potential of donation.

Read more (http://allograftpossibilities.org/2015/01/several-states-set-donation-record-in-2014/)

Music and stories kids choose themselves lessen their pain after major surgery – MNT

Pediatric patients who listened to 30 minutes of songs by Rihanna, Taylor Swift and other singers of their choosing — or audio books — had a significant reduction in pain after major surgery, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

The children, ages nine to 14, chose from a playlist of top music in different genres including pop, country, rock and classical. Short audio books were another option in the study.

A strategy to control post-surgical pain without medication is important because opioid analgesics — most commonly used to control post-surgical pain — can cause breathing problems in children. Thus, caregivers usually limit the amount of opiods prescribed, and children’s pain is not well controlled.

“Audio therapy is an exciting opportunity and should be considered by hospitals as an important strategy to minimize pain in children undergoing major surgery,” said study senior author Dr. Santhanam Suresh. “This is inexpensive and doesn’t have any side effects.”

Suresh is a professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and chair of pediatric anesthesiology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Suresh conducted the study with his daughter, Sunitha Suresh, who designed it when she was a biomedical engineering student at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science with a minor in music cognition. She now is a fourth-year medical student at Johns Hopkins Medical School.

The paper was published in Pediatric Surgery.

Read more at Medical News Today (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/287834.php)

Colorado High School Student to Promote Tissue Donation in 2015 Rose Parade

Jake Doud, a high school senior from Firestone, CO, will join 29 other transplant recipients from around the country riding aboard the 12th annual Donate Life float in the nationally televised Rose Parade on January 1 in Pasadena, CA. The 2015 Donate Life float, The Never-Ending Story, highlights the enduring power of organ, eye and tissue donation.

Doud received a bone and cartilage transplant in 2014 after suffering years of knee pain. His debilitating pain benched him from soccer, basketball and track. Doctors used donated bone and cartilage to replace his damaged tissue and realign the weight-bearing line in his leg. After his recovery time, Doud is healing and able to participate in many of his favorite athletic endeavors. He is profoundly grateful for the donated tissue that helped him heal and is excited for the opportunity to promote donation on a national scale.

AlloSource provided the allografts used in Doud’s surgery and is sponsoring his participation in the Rose Parade. The company is one of the nation’s largest providers of skin, bone and soft tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures, and the world’s largest processor of cellular bone allografts.

“Jake’s experience illustrates the healing possibilities of donated human tissue,” said Thomas Cycyota, AlloSource president and CEO. “We are proud to send a representative from Colorado to the Rose Parade and we know Jake’s story will help many people better understand the importance of tissue donation.”

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