National organ donation registry celebrates 100th successful transplant
OTTAWA, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada's ground-breaking Living Donor
Paired Exchange (LDPE) kidney transplant registry has reached another
significant milestone with the completion of its 100th successful transplant. The landmark transplant comes less than a year
after the last province signed on to make the LDPE Canada's first truly
national organ donation registry.
The LDPE - which operates as a partnership between Canadian Blood
Services and transplant programs across the country - facilitates
living kidney donations between patients with a willing but
incompatible donor and other pairs in the same situation. Since
launching as a three-province pilot in 2009, the LDPE has been a
shining example of what can happen when programs work together, across
provincial boundaries for the benefit of patients.
"A kidney from a living donor is the optimal solution for someone
requiring a transplant," said Dr. Peter Nickerson, Executive Medical
Director, Organs and Tissues, Canadian Blood Services. "Those organs
tend to result in the best long-term outcomes for patients. Tools like
the LDPE that have proven successful in finding matches for those in
need have the potential to bring significant benefits to both patients
and the health care system in general." Not only do those transplants
improve and save lives, estimates suggest the net cost benefit of a
transplant over dialysis is approximately $50,000 per patient per year.
Using those figures, transplants that have occurred through the LDPE
have resulted in excess of $5 million in cost avoidance already.
Much of the LDPE's success can be attributed to the presence of
non-directed anonymous donors (NDADs), selfless individuals who have
entered the registry unpaired and are willing to donate to anyone in
need. 20 NDADs have already donated through the registry, and
incredibly have sparked nearly 70 per cent of the transplants completed
"Non-directed donors have played a role in this system that is nothing
short of heroic. They have literally given a stranger their life back.
It's hard to think of a more noble gift," said Dr. Edward Cole,
Physician in Chief, University Health Network, and Chair of the
National Kidney Registries Advisory Committee.
The LDPE was the first deliverable of Canadian Blood Services' mandate
in organ and tissue donation and transplantation (OTDT). In addition to
registry development, the organization - on behalf of the Canadian OTDT
community - submitted to governments a comprehensive strategic plan,
complete with 25 recommendations to significantly improve OTDT
performance in Canada. That plan was delivered in April and is
currently with governments for review.
As of the end of October, the LDPE has 247 donor-recipient pairs
registered in the system as well as 25 NDADs. The registry continues to
grow across the country, and with each new pair the chances of someone
finding the match they need increases.
About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable
organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all
provinces and territories outside of Quebec. Canadian Blood Services
also oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, and provides
national leadership for organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
Canadian Blood Services operates 43 permanent collection sites and more
than 20,000 donor clinics annually. The provincial and territorial
Ministries of Health provide operational funding to Canadian Blood
Services. The federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible
for regulating the blood system. For more information, please visit: www.blood.ca. For information on living donation or the registry, please visit: www.blood.ca/organsandtissues and click on "Living Donation".
SOURCE CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES
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Canadian Blood Services