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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Via Christi suspends transplant program

  •      A Wichita hospital has announced that it is suspending its kidney transplant program and ordering an independent review after learning of the deaths of four patients who received kidney transplants in the last year.


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  •      A Wichita hospital has announced that it is suspending its kidney transplant program and ordering an independent review after learning of the deaths of four patients who received kidney transplants in the last year.
         Via Christi Health officials also said Friday that a kidney transplanted into another patient failed in the last year, although that patient survived, The Wichita Eagle reported.
         A preliminary internal review of the deaths and organ failure has not shown any "common thread" or similarities among the four patients who died, said Carl Rider, interim senior vice president of Via Christi Health's hospitals.
         "It could turn out to be random chance," Rider said. "We really don't know."
         Steve Nesbit, chief medical officer for Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita, said the four patients had different causes of death.
         But the health system temporarily halted kidney transplants so it could study and review the incidents because each patient had been a transplant recipient and died within a three-week period.
         The death and organ failure cases are being individually reviewed by a physician outside Kansas at a nationally recognized, academic transplant center, Rider said. He declined to name that person. Via Christi is also in the process of selecting experts to conduct a thorough review of its kidney transplant program to see what, if any, changes should be made.
         The suspension could last several months. Patients who are awaiting kidney transplants will have to have them performed in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Okla., or at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City — the only other hospital in the state that performs kidney transplants.
         The Via Christi transplant program began in 1981. Since, then 1,100 kidney transplants have been performed, Nesbit said, with 55 to 60 performed in recent years.
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