The Nurses Station, Episode 18, Alliance for Paired Donation

The Nurses Station…A Podcast By Nurses and for Nurses.

This episode is brought to you by Renal Care Registered Nursing Services. Providing acute dialysis and plasma exchange services to Metro New York-area hospitals for nearly two decades. Visit them at www.renalcarerns.com.

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In this week’s show, host Jim DeMaria speaks with Susan Reese, RN, BFN, of the Alliance for Paired Donation.

More than 83,000 people in America are waiting for a kidney transplant; sadly, about 12 of these patients die every day because there aren’t enough donors. Many kidney patients have someone who is willing to donate, but because of immune system or blood type incompatibilities, they are not able to give a kidney to their loved one.

The Alliance for Paired Donation can help. Kidney paired donation matches one incompatible donor/recipient pair to another pair in the same situation, so that the donor of the first pair gives to the recipient of the second, and vice versa. In other words, the two pairs swap kidneys . APD has also pioneered a new way of using altruistic, or good Samaritan, donors, so that the transplants no longer have to be performed simultaneously. Non-simultaneous Extended Altruistic Donor Chains (NEAD Chains ) allow donors to “pay it forward” after their loved one receives a transplant.

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