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Does China still harvest organs of executed? Doctors divided (not really!)

Does China still harvest organs of executed? Doctors divided (not really!) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A Canadian patient's receipt of a kidney transplant recently after waiting just three days during a recent visit to China raised an immediate red flag among surgeons at the Montreal-based Transplantation Society. A turnaround that quick indicates the organ likely came from the body of an executed prisoner. 


The case adds to doubts among many doctors internationally about whether China has met its pledge to stop harvesting the organs of executed inmates. The practice is widely condemned by the World Health Organization and others because of concerns over coercive practices and fears it could encourage executions. China officially claims it ended the harvesting of executed inmates' organs in January 2015. 


China sought to use the Transplantation Society's decision to hold its annual meeting in Hong Kong this last month as validation of its organ donation system. 


But Dr. Philip O'Connell, the society's president, rejected that interpretation, even if it appeared some reforms had been successful. In a country that routinely suppresses discussions of human-rights issues and cracks down on lawyers and independent groups, government officials and state media have been relatively open about China's problems with organ donation. 


Dr. Huang Jiefu, head of the system that supervises transplants in Chinese hospitals, has been the public face of the country's attempts to change its transplant practices. Huang publicly admitted in 2005 that doctors used executed prisoners' organs. In 2011, Huang and other officials estimated that 65 percent of transplanted organs from the deceased came from executed prisoners. In an interview Friday with The Associated Press, Huang said he was confident hospitals under his purview were moving to donated organs, but that black-market surgeries still persist. "We still have a long way to go," Huang said. According to the government, Chinese doctors performed 10,057 organ transplants in 2015.  


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Nb the word harvest in the title of this story needs to be replaced by either organ recovery or organ retrieval in 2016. Nevertheless this latest online post provides some additional detail on the current issues with organ donation in China along with confirmation from a senior official that there are still unresolved problems,
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In death, doctor's organ donation mission receives new life

In death, doctor's organ donation mission receives new life | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The recent death of a middle aged Canadian anesthesiologist (anaesthetist) who then went on to be an organ donor has attracted media attention.

 

During her life Dr Jennifer Bender had publicly advocated for organ donation. Hence it came as a shock to everyone who knew her when she recently collapsed and went on to die in hospital.

 

Mourning colleagues have been quick to point to the eight or so lives that may have been saved by Jennifer Bender’s thoughtfulness and discussions with her immediate family about organ donation.

 

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A reminder of the importance of both thinking about organ donation and having the chat with family members even if you are relatively young and seem to be in good health.

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Older donors could help reduce organ transplant gap: Canadian Report

Older donors could help reduce organ transplant gap: Canadian Report | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Canada could reduce its persistent shortage of organs for transplant by retrieving more organs from older donors, says a study released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. 

 

The variability seen in the rates of organ donation as well as the variation in the demographics of organ donors across the country has led to a closer examination of where the potential exists to increase the rates of organ donation.

 

The report highlights what can be viewed as the current missed opportunities to increase the rates of organ donation across Canada.

 

The link to the full report -

 

http://www.cihi.ca/cihi-ext-portal/internet/en/document/types+of+care/specialized+services/organ+replacements/release_18dec14

 

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Variation between the provinces in Canada has led to this closer examination of data pertaining to organ donation. The recommendations are sound and the whole report is worth reading. This will be of interest to professionals who hold the responsibility and/or interest in the performance of health care systems pertaining to organ donation.

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Proud to support my wife, @LaureenHarper & @MinRonaAmbrose as they raise awareness for organ donation #giftoflife

Proud to support my wife, @LaureenHarper & @MinRonaAmbrose as they raise awareness for organ donation #giftoflife | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This following tweet and accompanying photo from the current Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper is in support of the current social media initiative for organ donation awareness in Canada.

 

"J'appuie fièrement mon épouse @LaureenHarper & @MinRonaAmbrose qui font mieux connaître le don d'organes #donnezlavie (Proud to support my wife, @LaureenHarper & @MinRonaAmbrose as they raise awareness for organ donation"

 

For more information click on the following link- http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/health-sante/donation-contribution/index-eng.php

 

 

 

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Kidney Foundation of Canada Unveils Study on the Benefits of Kidney ... - Renal Business Today

Kidney Foundation of Canada Unveils Study on the Benefits of Kidney ... - Renal Business Today | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Via The Kidney Foundation of Canada comes this economic analysis on the benefits of Kidney Transplantation versus dialysis to the healthcare system. This includes a wide ranging examination of the health care related costs of both dialysis and kidney transplantation.

 

Of importance are the economic benefits that are accrued at many levels within society for successful kidney transplantation, including to the overall healthcare system. A must read for policy makers and interest groups, including an executive summary contained within pages 1-3.

 

A direct link to the report can also be accessed via

http://www.kidney.ca/page.aspx?pid=500#etude

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Thousands still wait for transplants

Thousands still wait for transplants | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Are you aware of how long the wait may be if you are on dialysis and need a kidney transplant? The need for transplanted organs continues in many countries. Hence the importance of organ donation.

 

This report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information outlines the relatively static situation with respect to organ donation within Canada. According to CIHI there were only 461 deceased organ donors in 2010 and as a result many people continue to wait for organ transplants.

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Deceased-Donor Age Affects Kidney Transplant Outcomes 

Deceased-Donor Age Affects Kidney Transplant Outcomes  | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
In this recently reported analysis of Registry data, recipients of kidneys from individuals who donated the organs after circulatory death are more likely to experience graft loss and delayed graft function. This is particularly the case of the donor was aged over 50 years.

This data adds to the knowledge pertaining to renal allograft outcomes according to the type of donor as well as the age of the donor.
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Desperately needed organs from anonymous living donors are saving lives but raise ethical concerns

Desperately needed organs from anonymous living donors are saving lives but raise ethical concerns | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The National Post in Canada was recently invited to document one woman's altruistic living kidney donation — an act that still generates controversy and is even banned in some U.S. hospitals. In the process an exploration was undertaken to also explore some of the ethical issues around altruistic live organ donation which contribute to the reluctance of some transplant hospitals to offer this service.

 

Concerns over the safety and the long term well being of a live organ donor who is not related in any way to the transplant recipient have helped contribute to the high degree of caution around this process.

 

The live donor featured in this article is interviewed along with members of her surgical team as well as other health professionals with expertise in the assessment of live organ donors. The full text of this interesting article can be viewed by clicking on the banner headline.

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A well written article that will be of interest to anyone with an interest in live organ donation

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Kidney transplant patients live longer than those in intensive home hemodialysis - Medical Xpress

Kidney transplant patients live longer than those in intensive home hemodialysis - Medical Xpress | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Analysis of data from a research study performed in Canada has revealed that Kidney transplant patients live longer than those receiving intensive home hemodialysis.

 

A first-ever study from a large Canadian centre has found that kidney

transplant recipients lived longer and had better treatment success regardless of what type of donor kidney that they received. 'Kidney transplant is still the best treatment option says Dr Chris Chan (pictured) who is a nephrologist at the Toronto General Hospital.

 

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Brain death decline means fewer donors - Vancouver Sun

Brain death decline means fewer donors - Vancouver Sun | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The incidence of brain death may be declining hence leading to fewer numbers of organ donors  as reported via the Vancouver Sun.
The report summarises the results of a research study that has been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

 

Analysis of data from hospitals in one region of Canada has revealed a decrease in the number of patients in whom the diagnosis of brain death was able to be made over the course of the study period.

 

Hence this has implications for organ donation with mention being made of the alternative pathway to deceased donor organ donation- Donation after circulatory death

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Blueprint aims to boost organ donations, transplants - CTV.ca

Blueprint aims to boost organ donations, transplants - CTV.ca | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

From Canada a blueprint that aims to boost organ donations, transplants as reported by CTV.ca

 

The story features Peter Casey, loving husband and father of two, who has been waiting almost 3 years for a kidney transplant.....

 

The link to the report is worth reading for anyone interested in strategic planning, leadership and/or management of organ donation systems - http://www.organsandtissues.ca/s/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/OTDT-INDX-final-C2A.pdf

 

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