Last Night in the OR: A Transplant Surgeon's Odyssey

Last Night in the OR: A Transplant Surgeon's Odyssey

For readers of Henry Marsh's Do No Harm, Paul A. Ruggieri's Confessions of a Surgeon, and Atul Gawande's Better, a pioneering surgeon shares memories from a life in one of surgery’s most demanding fields The 1980s marked a revolution in the field of organ transplants, and Bud Shaw, M.D., who studied under Tom Starzl in Pittsburgh, was on the front lines. Now retired from active practice, Dr. Shaw relays gripping moments of anguish and elation, frustration and reward, despair and hope in his struggle to save patients. He reveals harshly intimate moments of his medical career: telling a patient's husband that his wife has died during surgery; struggling to complete a twenty-hour operation as mental and physical exhaustion inch closer and closer; and flying to retrieve a donor organ while the patient waits in the operating room. Within these more emotionally charged vignettes are quieter ones, too, like growing up in rural Ohio, and being awakened late at night by footsteps in the hall as his father, also a surgeon, slipped out of the house to attend to a patient in the ER. In the tradition of Mary Roach, Jerome Groopman, Eric Topol, and Atul Gawande, Last Night in the OR is an exhilarating, fast-paced, and beautifully written memoir, one that will captivate readers with its courage, intimacy, and honesty.

Handbook of Kidney Transplantation

Handbook of Kidney Transplantation

Concise, readable, practical and well-illustrated, the sixth edition of the Handbook of Kidney Transplantation has been thoroughly updated and revised to reflect the most current knowledge and practice in the field. Ideal for physicians, surgeons, fellows, and nurses who manage kidney transplant patients, it covers everything from treatment options for end-stage renal disease to transplantation, post-operative management and transplant immunology, focusing on every key aspect of the clinical practice of kidney transplantation.  Includes new chapters on the Allocation of Deceased Donor Organs and Kidney Transplantation in the Developing World, as well as expanded chapters  on living donation and immunosuppressive drugs and protocols.Outlines the major concerns surrounding renal transplantation and the most successful approaches to problems arising in short-term and long-term patient care.Covers immunobiology and immunosuppression, as well as surgery, histocompatibility, and short and long-term follow-up. Your book purchase includes a complimentary download of the enhanced eBook for iOS, Android, PC & Mac. Take advantage of these practical features that will improve your eBook experience:The ability to download the eBook on multiple devices at one time — providing a seamless reading experience online or offlinePowerful search tools and smart navigation cross-links that allow you to search within this book, or across your entire library of VitalSource eBooksMultiple viewing options that enable you to scale images and text to any size without losing page clarity as well as responsive designThe ability to highlight text and add notes with one click

Hearts: Of Surgeons and Transplants, Miracles and Disasters Along the Cardiac Frontier

Hearts: Of Surgeons and Transplants, Miracles and Disasters Along the Cardiac Frontier

Pioneer heart surgeons and bitter rivals: The “thoroughly engrossing” true story of doctors Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley (The New York Times Book Review). By 1970, the Texas Medical Center in Houston was the leading heart institute in the world, home to the field’s two most distinguished surgeons: Dr. Michael Ellis DeBakey and his young and ambitious disciple, Dr. Denton Arthur Cooley. Their combined mastery in occlusive disease, coronary artery bypass surgery, angioplasty, and heart transplants was unparalleled. For years they worked across the same operating table focused on, and fighting toward, the same lifesaving goals.   But what began as a personal friendship and a mutually respectful professional partnership soon deteriorated into a jealous and embittered feud. Though their discord was a cause célèbre among colleagues, it would take award-winning investigative journalist Thomas Thompson to uncover the stunning betrayals and simmering resentments that fueled one of the most famous rivalries in the history of medicine.   Weaving the story of DeBakey and Cooley with the stories of patients suffering life-threatening medical conditions, Thompson paints a fascinating portrait of the risks and rewards of cutting-edge science. From devastating tragedies to miraculous breakthroughs, Hearts is a richly detailed and utterly “compelling” account of the turmoil and tension behind one of the greatest medical achievements of the twentieth century (Time).  

The Puzzle People: Memoirs Of A Transplant Surgeon

The Puzzle People: Memoirs Of A Transplant Surgeon

Given the tensions and demands of medicine, highly successful physicians and surgeons rarely achieve equal success as prose writers.  It is truly extraordinary that a major, international pioneer in the controversial field of transplant surgery should have written a spellbinding, and heart-wrenching, autobiography.Thomas Starzl grew up in LeMars, Iowa, the son of a newspaper publisher and a nurse.  His father also wrote science fiction and was acquainted with the writer Ray Bradbury.  Starzl left the family business to enter Northwestern University Medical School where he earned both and M.D. and a PhD.  While he was a student, and later during his surgical internship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, he began the series of animal experiments that led eventually to the world’s first transplantation of the human liver in 1963.Throughout his career, first at the University of Colorado and then at the University of Pittsburgh, he has aroused both worldwide admiration and controversy.  His technical innovations and medical genius have revolutionized the field, but Starzl has not hesitated to address the moral and ethical issues raised by transplantation.  In this book he clearly states his position on many hotly debated issues including brain death, randomized trials for experimental drugs, the costs of transplant operations, and the system for selecting organ recipients from among scores of desperately ill patients.There are many heroes in the story of transplantation, and many “puzzle people,” the patients who, as one journalist suggested, might one day be made entirely of various transplanted parts.  They are old and young, obscure and world famous.  Some have been taken into the hearts of America, like Stormie Jones, the brave and beautiful child from Texas.  Every patient who receives someone else’s organ - and Starzl remembers each one - is a puzzle.  “It was not just the acquisition of a new part,” he writes.  “The rest of the body had to change in many ways before the gift could be accepted.  It was necessary for the mind to see the world in a different way.”  The surgeons and physicians who pioneered transplantation were also changed: they too became puzzle people.  “Some were corroded or destroyed by the experience, some were sublimated, and none remained the same.”

How to Do a Liver Transplant: Stories from My Surgical Life

How to Do a Liver Transplant: Stories from My Surgical Life

As a female surgeon, Dr. Kellee Slater works in one of the most demanding areas of medical operations, liver transplantation. In this inspiring, heartbreaking, and darkly humorous memoir, she opens up the fast-paced world of donor surgery. She takes readers with her as she flies across the Rocky Mountains in winter to collect transplant organs, rushes out of a department store change room to save the life of a toddler who is choking to death, and, horrifyingly, tells the wrong father in a hospital waiting room that there is no hope for his daughter. An ideal read for anyone with an interest in modern medicine, this inspirational memoir portrays both the joyous and difficult experiences of one of the most demanding jobs in the world.

Not Done Yet: A Tale of Transformation Through Transplant Surgery

Not Done Yet: A Tale of Transformation Through Transplant Surgery

It’s easy to get hooked on the story in Sharon Lamhut Willen’s no-holds-barred memoir because skillfully told anecdotes take readers careening with her and her husband on the roller coaster ride they took as she battled end-stage non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver and, in the process of saving her life, redirected their perspective and repaired their relationship. Imagine the worst mid-life crisis ever - losing your job, feeling your marriage teetering, and-if that was not enough-being leveled by the childhood disease you thought had been conquered decades before. Imagine going from planning a cruise through the Galapagos to carrying toilet cushions into public bathrooms, from dreams of career success to nightmares of floods and destruction. And then imagine the road back from a near death experience - going from measuring every morsel of food that crosses your lips to eating croissants and chocolate pudding with abandon, from being caught in the web of co-addiction to being a fulfilled partner in a truly healthy relationship, from a depressed "what now?" to an enthusiastic "what's next?"The insights and practical resources Willen offers on coping with terminal disease and the process of organ distribution will be immensely helpful to would-be transplant recipients. Her generously shared personal reflections reveal the intelligence and humor she brought to bear while nurturing connections with the “angel guides” she credits with saving her life. Together, these serve as powerful models for anyone facing life’s challenges and transitions. A worthwhile read for anyone who has ever asked, "Why me?", "What now?" and "Can I handle this?""Sharon is definitely 'Not Done Yet...' as shared in this inspiring and faith based story of her not just surviving but truly thriving with the gift of a donated liver. Filled with practical advice for those who follow with their own medical challenges, her testimony is rich in lived life experiences that will give much needed hope for her readers." - Jim Gleason, 20 year heart transplant recipient, president of TRIO (Transplant Recipients International Organization), and author of "A Gift from the Heart."

Core Curriculum for Transplant Nurses

Core Curriculum for Transplant Nurses

Face the complex challenges of transplant nursing with confidence, with the newly expanded and updated Core Curriculum for Transplant Nurses, 2nd Edition. This official publication of the International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) offers crucial, real-life direction on the science and skills required for every kind of solid organ transplant, from initial evaluation to long-term follow-up. Based on the Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse (CCTN) exam content, this is a must-have training and teaching guide for nursing educators, students, and all clinicians seeking CCTN certification or a transplant nursing practice. This unique resource offers the core knowledge needed for safe, effective transplant care, with … NEW chapter on quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI) and regulatory issuesNEW chapter on vascular composite allograft transplantation (VCA)NEW chapter on mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devicesNEW United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) criteria for VCA procedures and other UNOS policies, including organ allocation policiesNEW Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines for patient selection for destination therapyNEW evidence-based International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation guidelinesNEW patient discharge checklists, and examples of QAPI scorecards and regulator indicatorsMore than 200 end-of-chapter sample test questions to aid CCTN exam studyMore than 200 new and updated charts and figuresOutline format that supports on-the-spot reference, with detailed direction on:Transplant immunology and pharmacology; updated content on medicationsPsychosocial issuesEthical issues, such as living donations and procuring deceased donorsAllocation systems for organs in the United States, Canada, Europe, and AustraliaCare of living donorsLife-long posttransplant follow-upOrgan-specific chapters offer comprehensive information on areas including:Initial organ-specific evaluationPre- and postoperative adult and pediatric carePathophysiology of end-stage organ failureSurgical techniquesImmunosuppressive medicationsPosttransplant complicationsDischarge teaching and follow-upEssential study guide for the American Board for Transplant Certification (ABTC) Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse exam, the ABTC Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinators exam, and the CCTN certification exam. 

Surgeon's Story: Inside OR-1 with One of America’s Top Pediatric Heart Surgeons

Surgeon's Story: Inside OR-1 with One of America’s Top Pediatric Heart Surgeons

Praise for Surgeon’s Story:“This book should be a gift to any young woman considering a medical career and wondering if she could do it. ““A fantastic journey into the science of the human heart and one heroic doctor who repairs and replaces them.”“From the very first page right up to the climactic ending, this book will entertain you with the real life wit, humor, and drama.”Kristine Guleserian, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, is scrubbed in.Dr. G, as she’s known, is one of only nine women in the U.S. sub-specialty board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons to what she’s about to do — take a scalpel sharper than a dozen razors, cut through eleven-month old Claudia’s skin, saw open her breastbone and spread her ribcage apart in order to repair congenital defects threatening a malformed heart the size of a walnut.It’s just after 9:00 AM. Claudia will be in the OR until 2:00 PM, along with a team of talented surgeons, nurses, techs, anesthesiologists, perfusionists and others.Dr. G is in charge.What will she find when she opens the chest?How will this tiny little child hold up in surgery?You won’t believe the real-life medical drama in this intense, close-up visit to the cardiac OR.Pick up your copy with just one click.What made you decide to write Surgeon’s Story?I’ve been a volunteer at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas for 20 years, and I got to know Dr. Guleserian in a very casual fashion, seeing her give a couple of lectures and things. But the more I found out about her, as both person and surgeon, the more I thought she’d be a great subject for a book. And she agreed to the project with the one proviso that it would not be in her first-person voice.What it is like to watch heart surgery?Well, if your only notion of heart surgery comes from watching MASH, you’d be disappointed. It’s almost bloodless. But the most impressive thing is the incredible, complete teamwork functioning of the OR team. Surgeons, nurses, scrub techs, perfusionists, anesthesiologists, all work like a well drilled football team, or a perfectly synchronized ballet company. It’s really a very beautiful thing to watch.Who are you hoping will be eager to read Surgeon’s Story?Well, pretty much everybody, obviously. But beyond that, there are two core audiences. First, anybody who has ever enjoyed Chicago Hope or Gray’s Anatomy, or ER, and wants to see what really goes on in those life-or-death hospital settings. And secondly, young people, especially girls, who are thinking of careers in science and would like to follow in Dr. G’s shoes.

Transplant Nursing - CTN Certification Review (Certification in Transplant Nursing Book 1)

Transplant Nursing - CTN Certification Review (Certification in Transplant Nursing Book 1)

Transplant Nursing Certification Review (CTN), 300 multiple choice questions. Provides key information you need to know to pass the board and certification exam. All questions have explanations with keywords linked to additional online references.Correct answer is on the next page after the question with explanations and links to further research the key point(s) covered in each question.


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