Organ donation bill passes in Frankfort, heads to governor’s desk

A bill to expand organ donor registration in Kentucky has successfully made it through the state House of Representatives and now awaits Gov. Matt Bevin’s signature. It is expected to take effect next year.

The legislation, backed by Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates and Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life, was approved by the House on Tuesday after being passed by the Senate earlier this month.

Senate Bill 77 will make it possible to register for organ donation through the Kentucky Online Gateway, a single sign-on system for accessing various government programs. The public also can continue to use old methods, such as signing up when getting a driver’s license or by going online to donatelifeky.org.

Source: Organ donation bill passes in Frankfort, heads to governor’s desk – Insider Louisville

One number determines who gets an organ transplant, and it’s horribly unfair

We have a liver selection meeting every Wednesday to consider which patients will get transplants. Each patient is listed by name, age, weight, diagnosis and MELD score – a number, based entirely on lab values, that predicts how bad their liver is and correlates with how likely they are to die waiting for a transplant. A score of 15 is where we start to consider transplantation, and 40 means a 90 percent chance of dying within three months.

Scanning the list, I noticed with discomfort that the patients at the top, with a MELD of 35 or more, had mostly the same diagnoses: alcoholic liver disease; nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, a consequence of obesity leading to fatty liver; and an occasional hepatitis C, a virus that was once the most common indication for liver transplant but now is being cured. This was not surprising. These diagnoses make up greater than 60 percent of the national waitlist, and that number continues to grow.

Source: One number determines who gets an organ transplant, and it’s horribly unfair – Chicago Tribune

How to Correct Mistakes in Your Medical Records

By law, you have the right to correct errors in your medical records. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) ensures that your medical records are private. Another important part of this law allows you to request amendments to your medical record if you find errors.

Source: How to Correct Mistakes in Your Medical Records

How clinicians make (or avoid) moral judgments of patients: implications of the evidence for relationships and research

Physicians, nurses, and other clinicians readily acknowledge being troubled by encounters with patients who trigger moral judgments. For decades social scientists have noted that moral judgment of patients is pervasive, occurring not only in egregious and criminal cases but also in everyday situations in which appraisals of patients’ social worth and culpability are routine. There is scant literature, however, on the actual prevalence and dynamics of moral judgment in healthcare. The indirect evidence available suggests that moral appraisals function via a complex calculus that reflects variation in patient characteristics, clinician characteristics, task, and organizational factors. The full impact of moral judgment on healthcare relationships, patient outcomes, and clinicians’ own well-being is yet unknown. The paucity of attention to moral judgment, despite its significance for patient-centered care, communication, empathy, professionalism, healthcare education, stereotyping, and outcome disparities, represents a blind spot that merits explanation and repair. New methodologies in social psychology and neuroscience have yielded models for how moral judgment operates in healthcare and how research in this area should proceed. Clinicians, educators, and researchers would do well to recognize both the legitimate and illegitimate moral appraisals that are apt to occur in healthcare settings.

Source: How clinicians make (or avoid) moral judgments of patients: implications of the evidence for relationships and research

8 Foods That Help You Heal

Doctors often recommend healthy lifestyle changes whether you’re fighting fatigue, searching for ways to boost your immune system, or recovering from an illness. The foods you eat can often significantly help prevent and manage symptoms. It is always better to get nutrients directly from food, rather than take supplements.

Read on to learn how power foods help heal the body.

Source: 8 Foods That Help You Heal

6 Simple Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings | dLife

Figuring out what’s for breakfast can be an important first step that you take to set you in the right direction for the rest of the day. Sometimes, it’s hard to come up with easy, satisfying meals that fit within your carbohydrate requirements.

We get expert advice from Cindy Dillard, RD, LDN, CDE of Novant Health Diabetes Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for her top breakfast item suggestions.

Source: 6 Simple Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings | dLife