Global Hospitals Mumbai organizes a seminar for hospital administrator

22-Aug-2015

Global Hospitals Mumbai on 22nd of August 2015 organized a Seminar for Hospitals Administrators on organ donation. The Seminar took place on the 3rd floor Auditorium at 2.00 pm. It was attended by the Global Hospitals Mumbai Organ Donation Team, the esteemed doctors who voiced their opinion on Organ Donation and around 20 hospital administrators from Mumbai (people who believe in spreading the awareness about this cause).

The seminar took off by Dr. Prashant Rajput, Consultant Nephrologist, Institute of Nephrology, presenting a talk on Organ Donation: The Need of The Hour for India. He mentioned how Organ Donation has evolved mostly in the West and as per the survey conducted in 2013; Croatia is leading in Organ Donation. Whereas, India only saw a few hundred donation that same year. He also talked about how creating awareness not only amongst the doctors but general public too, about brain death can bring about a change in the number of organ donation. This will reduce the waiting period, which as of today is 10 years.

Dr. Ravi Mohanka, Chief Surgeon and Head of Department of Liver Transplant and HPB Surgery, spoke about Brain Death: Protocol for Diagnosis and Declaration. Dr. Mohanka explained how brain death is a legalized form of death and a team of doctors conducts tests to certify one. Two independent certifications are provided by the team of doctors, which are conducted at least six hours apart.

He not only explained the tests but also the form, i.e. Form, 10, which needs to be filled in by the family while donating the organs of the deceased. This form is then submitted to the ZTCC and they allot it to the first person on their list.

Indications and Contraindications for Organ Donation from Brain Death were covered by Dr. Somnath Chattopadhyay. According to him, an ideal donor is the one who is 50 years of age or younger and is healthy enough to not only go through the process but also healthy enough to not transmit any infection to the recipient.Risks with elderly donors are that they may be suffering from diabetes or any such conditions and diseases. Even when age is not a contraindication, a lot of people refuse to take the organs from the elderly.

In the end, Dr Bharat Shah, Director, Institute of Renal Sciences touched the subject of Basics of Transplantation of Human Organs Act. He believes that one of the recent and major evolutions in the field of medicine is Transplant.

The Act was passed in the year 1994 keeping in mind the crimes that took place which involved stealing of the organs and commercializing the process of organ donation, by the involvement of agents and manipulating the poor. Keeping this in mind, a hospital cannot undergo a transplant if they are not registered under this Act. A transplant can only be performed once when both the parties, i.e. the donor and the recipient, are explained the possible side effects, complications and hazards of removal and transplantation. Dr. Shah firmly believes in this cause and encouraged everyone to create awareness and motivation amongst the general public. The seminar was concluded by a round of Q & A and the passing of the Organ Donation card.  

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