Greetings ISODP Members,
We are very pleased to announce the launch of the new ISODP Journal Watch as an educational resource and benefit to ISODP members. Two of the primary goals for the Society are to enhance resources to improve donation practices and to establish an integrated network of donation professionals. This curated report of current donation focused literature will serve as a convenient and readily accessible compilation of articles that we hope you will find valuable.
During my tenure as President of the International Society of Organ Donation and Procurement I am focusing on opportunities to provide educational resources for members from across the globe and particularly during this time of restrictions from the pandemic I see the ISODP Journal Watch as a forum to strengthen collaboration and disseminate best practices and elevate the academic rigor of the Society. We are very grateful to members and colleagues from the NHS Blood and Transplant Services in the United Kingdom for their leadership in conceiving and developing this newsletter. Special thanks to ISODP Council member Anthony Clarkson and ISODP members Dr. Dale Gardiner and Dr. Alex Manara for their editorial leadership and guidance.
Prof. Faissal A.M. Shaheen
Dear friends and colleagues.
It was about a year ago when members of the ISODP Board and interested individuals met on a zoom call to discuss the concept of a ‘donation journal’. A journal dedicated to publishing academic, peer-reviewed articles on deceased organ donation.
It has been apparent for many years that as a donation community, it is hard to get donation articles published. When we do succeed, our academic outputs are scattered across multiple journals such as transplantation, intensive care, anaesthesia, ethics and public health to name but a few. It is likely that you, like us, neither subscribe to nor read such a wide variety of journals.
The obvious answer was – we should start our own journal. Easy to say, hugely difficult to achieve. Especially if the goal is to create something financially sound and academically credible.
It was here that Jeremy Chapman, Editor-in-Chief of Transplantation, gave our fledgling group some much-needed wisdom. His advice was to build your academic donation community first. Start with a newsletter that summarises recent donation focused articles, share with your world-wide community, encourage and support submissions.
This is what this newsletter represents. A Journal Watch newsletter, published every three months, to be shared with ISODP members and the wider donation community, which will highlight and draw attention to recent donation related articles.
NHS Blood and Transplant in the United Kingdom has committed to publishing the newsletters in 2021. In this launch edition of the ISODP Journal Watch, we are very grateful to Dr Alex Manara, National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation Quality, who curated the selected articles. Alex has found eight recent high-quality donation related articles to share with you.
If you would like to help support this initiative, the most important thing you can do is share this newsletter with others from the donation community. If you have published a recent donation related article and would like it considered for inclusion in the next newsletter (no promises), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading
Anthony Clarkson (Board Member, ISODP)
Dale Gardiner (National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation, UK)
A comparison of recommendations from different organisations on organ donation and transplantation during the COVID-19 pandemic from documents available on the Transplantation Society website as of 19th May 2020. Eighteen sets of recommendations were extracted, all based on expert opinion and developed within tight timeframes. The recommendations covered donor screening, risk assessment of the recipient, post-transplant risk, living / paired donation, protection of donation and transplantation staff, and ethics / logistics. The authors found that while the documents generally made similar recommendations, there was substantial variation in some recommendations such as the screening tests for potential donors. It is planned to use the current recommendations to inform the priorities in developing better evidence-based guidelines. The review is ongoing with updated recommendations being made available on https://cdtrp.ca/en/covid-19-international-recommendations-for-odt/
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