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India's #1 Impediment To Organ Donation: Doctors - Huffington Post India

India's #1 Impediment To Organ Donation: Doctors - Huffington Post India | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This opinion piece comes via Dr Christopher Barry a Transplant Surgeon who has been spending time in India. Dr Barry shares his perspectives on where he feels the current barriers currently exist to improving the rates of deceased donor organ transplantation across India.

 

The article focuses on barriers within the healthcare system including in particular where medical specialists may be contributing to a lack of forward progress. All doctors and medical professionals across India also need to understand that organ donation is all about saving lives, despite a single loss of life.

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A unique perspective on barriers that exist within the healthcare system across India to organ donation.

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The Ethics Of Solving The Transplant Organ Shortage

The Ethics Of Solving The Transplant Organ Shortage | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

At the 2014 AAAS meeting in Chicago, medical ethicist Mark Siegler laid out a framework for a potentially provocative solution to the shortage of kidneys available for transplantation.

 

His recommendations all pertain to enhancing live kidney donation as a means of increasing the number of kidney transplants that can be performed, particularly within the United States.

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In order to optimise the number of live donor kidney transplants that are able to be undertaken within any country it is important to examine where barriers may exist

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Hospital sorry after giving woman wrong heart in transplant blunder ...

Hospital sorry after giving woman wrong heart in transplant blunder ... | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Establishing compatibility of the donor organ with the recipient is essential prior to an organ transplant procedure. This report comes via HongKong where a heart was inadvertently transplanted from a donor with a different blood group to the recipient.

 

Rejection can occur in any transplant surgery as the body treats the new organ as a foreign object, but the chances of rejection are much higher with an organ of incompatible blood type. Cardiologist Dr Duncan Ho Hung-kwong said because ...

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There are systems in place to prevent this type of event occurring. No doubt the case will be subject to a formal investigation.

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Mass donor organ fraud shakes Germany - The Guardian

Mass donor organ fraud shakes Germany - The Guardian | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This is just one of a number of news reports out of Germany in recent months. Now German medical authorities are calling for an extensive overhaul of the country's organ transplant programme after transplant centres across Germany were placed under criminal investigation for what appears to be mis-allocation of organs.

 

There has already been an impact of this news on organ donation rates within Germany as reported via-

http://www.dw.de/germany-lags-behind-in-organ-donations/a-16498057?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

 

 Added commentary from The Lancet

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2813%2960071-9/fulltext?elsca1=TW&elsca2=socialmedia

 

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

These are the kind of headlines that lead to a loss of public confidence in organ donation. Now everything possible needs to be done within Germany to restore the community's faith in the organ donation system. It is evident from the statements being in all of these articles, that this whole issue needs to be seriously addressed and ultimately changes in practice occur.

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Organizing an Organ Donation System in China is Complicated Operation - Caixin Media

Organizing an Organ Donation System in China is Complicated Operation - Caixin Media | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

In recent years there have been a number of concerning reports featuring news about organ donation practices within China. This report outlines attempts by the ministry of health in China to ensure that a properly structured and managed system for organ donation is established across the country. Many challenges are still faced.

 

Hence the title of the report: Organizing an Organ Donation System in China is a Complicated Operation. Huang Jiefu, the vice minister for health, said the creation of an ethical and sustainable organ donation system was imminent.

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India has addressed blood donation, it must now do the same with organ donation

India has addressed blood donation, it must now do the same with  organ donation | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This detailed article outlines the multiple factors which contribute to an unmet need for organ donation within India.

 

Although living kidney and living liver transplantation are both performed, these are costly procedures and hence only available to those who can afford to pay.

 

A similar perspective from Dr Avnish Seth, the Director of Fortis Organ Retrieval & Transplant can be viewed via the following link-

http://blog.organdonationday.in/?p=30

 

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

There remain challenges within India with respect to establishing a robust system for deceased donor organ donation across the country

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Registry to open for organ donors - Xinhua

Registry to open for organ donors - Xinhua | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reported via XinhuaNet -- news that mainland China's first online volunteer organ donor registry will be launched this month to help ease the shortage of organs for transplant. A Red Cross Society of China spokesperson provides details in the article of how much of the country will initially be covered by the planned donor registry.

 

For more information click on the banner headline...

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Another step in the progress towards establishing a national system for organ donation in China

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The truth behind organ donation in Portugal - The Portugal News

The truth behind organ donation in Portugal - The Portugal News | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
It is not a widely-known fact, but anyone residing in Portugal, Portuguese or foreign, is presumed a consenting organ donor unless the contrary is manifested by obtaining a legal document that states the person does not want to be considered for...
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Interesting article on the presumed consent legislation that is in place in Portugal as well as how some aspects of the organ donation system are functioning. There is one inconsistency in the article where it is stated that presumed consent is also in place in Australia-which is incorrect.

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Shanghai to test out transplant project - China Daily

Shanghai to test out transplant project - China Daily | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
As reported via the China Daily Shanghai will be the first city to test out a new transplant project within China, which also aims to establish a well organised and managed system for organ allocation from organ donors.

Further commentary from the vice minister for health can be accessed via-
http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-12/15/content_16019987.htm

Time will tell whether the pilot project is successful and as a result the planned roll out of the project nationally across China occurs.
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This is an important development within China

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Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America - Institute of Medicine

Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America - Institute of Medicine | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

How can the burgeoning flow of information be managed in a healthcare system? Can innovation help deal with increasing costs? Answers to these questions and more can be obtained by reading the recently released report from the Institute of Medicine in the United States titled- 'Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America'. The issues are generic to all health care systems.

 

America's health care system has become far too complex and costly to continue business as usual.......via the banner headline link access can be obtained to a summary of the report, two infographics plus the full report.

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