MONTREAL, Feb. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Thanks to 119 deceased organ donors,
371 persons benefited from a transplant in 2010. Unfortunately, there
were also 46 deaths among people on the waiting list (compared to 58 in
2009), many of which could have been avoided. As of December 31, 2010,
1,241 people were registered on the single waiting list managed by
Québec-Transplant considers this situation unacceptable and it is
committed to improving it with stakeholders. "The year 2010 was a
difficult one in spite of efforts to achieve a successful donation
wherever possible," said Louis Beaulieu, the organization's executive
director. "We're analyzing the situation to better identify the causes,
which are rooted in multiple factors, and to better understand this
decrease in the number of deceased donors compared to the previous year
(138 donors in 2009). That said, where a potential donor is referred to
Québec-Transplant and the medical and legal criteria are met, efforts
by the many caregivers to achieve a successful donation under the
coordination of Québec-Transplant attest to successful outcomes.
Indeed, the average number of organs procured and transplanted per
donor meets or exceeds the objectives set for best practices in North
America. On average, some 3.7 organs were transplanted for each Quebec
donor after neurological death".
A record number of lung transplants were performed, with 34 transplants
in 2010 compared to 32 in 2009 (138 donors) and 26 in 2008, a record
year with 151 deceased donors.
The number of organ donors after cardiocirculatory death rose from five
in 2009 to seven in 2010. Starting in 2011, more hospitals will
implement the deployment protocol for donors after cardiocirculatory
death (DCD), which will make it possible to increase the number of
donors in the years to come. Prior to 2007, this kind of donation was
not possible. Since its inception in 2007, the DCD pilot project has
completed its assessment of 17 donations, and the results speak for
"It's worth mentioning that in addition to the 119 donors, there were 29
others in 2010 who consented to organ donation but weren't able to
complete the process for medical or legal reasons. Their generosity and
that of their families deserve to be recognized," said Michel Carrier,
medical director of Québec-Transplant.
There were 50 living donations (47 kidney and three hepatic lobes) in
2010, compared to 34 in 2009, according to data made available by
hospital transplantation programs in Quebec.
"Raising awareness among the public and health professionals is the key
for the entire chain of life. Collectively and individually, we can
help to save lives and improve the health of a great many
people. That's why each and every consent counts," said Louis Beaulieu.
In November 2010, the Minister of Health and Social Services announced
measures to promote living donation, notably through a reimbursement
program for some expenses incurred by persons during the process
leading to organ donation. The terms and conditions of the program will
be posted on the Québec-Transplant website in the spring of 2011.
On December 8, 2010, the National Assembly of Quebec unanimously adopted
bill 125, the Act to facilitate organ donation and tissue. The Act creates a national registry for organ and tissue donation
consent, which will allow a greater number of citizens to register
Québec-Transplant hopes the government will continue its efforts in this
regard, provide support and deploy the resources required to achieve
the greatest possible number of donations. In fact, as well as save
lives, organ donation allows Quebec's health system to save money: For
each person who receives a kidney transplant, the government saves no
less than $40,000 per year.
Québec-Transplant reiterates the following:
1% of hospital deaths lead to organ donation. Hence the importance of
Loved ones are more likely to become involved in the process leading to
donation when the wishes of the deceased are known;
Age does not preclude donation: A 76-year-old donor donated five organs,
and the oldest donated a liver at the age of 88;
It is important to notify loved ones of your intention to donate organs
in order to ensure that they respect your wishes;
Persons intent on finding out how to signal their consent or on
obtaining the consent sticker may go to www.sign4life.ca;
Persons intent on donating their organs may also ask a notary to include
their Consent to organ and tissue donation registry: www.cdnq.org.
Québec-Transplant has a mandate from the Minister of Health and Social
Services to save lives and improve the health of persons in need of a
transplant by coordinating the organ donation process, ensuring the
equitable attribution of organs, supporting best clinical practices
through consensus-building and the mobilization of its partners, and
promoting organ donation in the society at large. Québec-Transplant
therefore works to ensure that the greatest possible number of
Quebecers waiting for an organ can benefit from a transplant in as
timely a fashion as practicable.
For further information:
Brigitte Junius: 514 286-1414, extension 216/514 349-0752