MONTREAL, Feb. 29, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - According to data for 2011
published by Transplant Québec, some 396 persons received transplants,
thanks to 137 deceased organ donors in Québec (18 more than 2010). As
of December 31, 2011, 1,264 persons were waiting for a transplant, 23
more than in 2010. Unfortunately, 59 persons died, an increase over
2010, when 46 deaths were reported.
Despite sustained efforts over the last five years, and despite the fact
that Québec still registers one of the best deceased donor rates per
million inhabitants in the last decade in Canada, more efforts are
required to adequately meet the needs of persons waiting for a
Transplant Québec again appeals to the public sense of social solidarity
by stressing the importance of every Québec citizen making his or her
will known with respect to organ and tissue donation and informing
loved ones of his or her decision.
The will and consent of still too many Quebecers remain unknown.
Sustained efforts to communicate with the public at large (school
program, programs targeting cultural communities, national campaign,
etc.) would help increase the number of consents being registered and
induce more family members to honour the will of the loved one when the
time comes for donation.
Transplant Québec wishes to underline the major contribution made by
physicians and health professionals in Québec hospitals to the entire
donation process, from identifying potential donors, to the transplant
itself. The agency counts on the commitment and dedication of
professionals to procure a donation every time it is feasible to do so
and consent has been given.
Identifying potential donors in hospitals is not systematic.
Identifying potential donors and referring them to Transplant Québec are
priority goals. Development within hospitals and the training of
professionals must be systematically sustained to increase performance
in Québec. Some solutions lie in recognizing the function of donation
physician and an increased presence in hospital centres.
To considerably reduce the time-lag in receiving a transplant,
Transplant Québec believes that additional measures are needed to
breathe oxygen into the already highly solicited donation-transplant
system. The executive director of Transplant Québec, Mr. Louis
Beaulieu, maintains that measures taken by the government since late
2010 represent a step in the right direction. He underlines those aimed
at facilitating the living donation, for example, the Reimbursement Program for Living Donors, or the inception of the national register of consent to organ and
tissue donation, which should increase the number of consents in the
medium term. He hastens to add that if Québec wants to surpass the rate
of 20 deceased donors per million inhabitants, as is the case in the
United States, France and Spain, new measures are needed.
Based on a realistic assumption, this would likely make it possible to
provide transplants for 100 more patients per year and considerably
reduce the waiting list for transplant.
Additional data for 2011 available at: www.transplantquebec.ca/QuebecTransplant_en/index_en.htm
About Transplant Québec
Transplant Québec 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. Transplant Québec
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.
SOURCE Transplant Québec
For further information:
514 286-1414, ext. 216 / 514 349-0752