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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

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

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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New Organ Procurement Approach May Benefit Transplants - Supply & Demand Chain Executive

New Organ Procurement Approach May Benefit Transplants - Supply & Demand Chain Executive | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report of a new organ donor management approach which may be beneficial particularly for liver transplant purposes comes from the United States. What it reveals is that centralisation of organ retrieval services potentially is cost effective.

As donor organs have a finite shelf life (ie a limited time that can be spent in cold storage — livers 6 to 10 hours following retrieval from the donor; hearts and lungs even less, kidneys less than 24 hours), measures which can increase the number of organs for transplantation are also important.

 

To read more on this story click on the following link (the sdcexec link is not available free online)-

http://o.canada.com/health/transplant-study-shows-benefits-of-a-single-organ-donation-centre/

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

This development will be watched closely and with interest. Whether it remains more cost effective to transfer potential organ donors to a fully resourced central facility or not, remains to be seen in many regions around the world.

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Organ donation: is an opt-in or opt-out system better?

Organ donation: is an opt-in or opt-out system better? | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it


Around the world, organ donation policies vary greatly between countries. So is it better to have a donation system where people have to opt in or one where they opt out?

 

This question was asked recently by some researchers in the United Kingdom. They examined the rates of organ donation in a number of countries around the world according to whether opt in or opt out types of legislation were in place.

 

There appears to be higher rates of deceased donor organ donation in countries with an opt out system whilst the opposite was true for living donation. As outlined in this article there are other factors which contribute to the rates of organ donation both within and between countries.

 

The ex CEO of BC Transplant in Canada (Bill Barrable) outlines why moving to a presumed consent system was not supported back in time within Canada -

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/organ-donation-the-perils-of-presumed-consent/article20783431/?__scoop_post=2cd7f780-450d-11e4-a362-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=543333#__scoop_post=2cd7f780-450d-11e4-a362-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=543333

 

Finally, the results of some recently published research on whether there is a region of the brain which can be identified to be associated with altruism in live kidney donors can be viewed via this link-

 

http://www.medicaldaily.com/organ-donor-brains-bigger-region-linked-altruism-neural-roots-generosity-303638?__scoop_post=e685b850-4244-11e4-f327-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=543333#.VB_emdJ6-m4.twitter

 

 

 

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

The rates of organ donation within and between countries represent the end result of many factors which all need to be in place in order for optimal rates of organ donation to be sustained.

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Improving family consent in organ donation could save lives-important publication out of the United Kingdom. A must read for everyone associated with improving organ donation.

Research published today in the British Journal of Anaesthesia suggests that organ donation rates in the UK could be increased if the current issues affecting declined consent are improved. This includes addressing in a systematic fashion the factors that could lead to improved consent rates, including having the right personnel in place in the hospitals[who are adequately trained]. 

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