O Coimbra University Hospital Center (CHUC) carried out for the first time, this Monday, July 12th, the harvesting of organs from a donor in circulatory arrest.
In a statement sent to the Minute News, the hospital unit reveals that two kidneys from an organ donor were collected.
This was the first collection carried out at CHUC in this type of organ donor. However, organ harvesting from brain-dead donors is a current practice in the hospital unit and this institution, for several consecutive years, has been the national leader in this practice.
Organ donation in circulatory arrest began in Portugal at the end of 2016, at the University Hospital Center of São João, in Porto, with the program being extended to the University Hospital Center Lisbon North and Lisbon Central in 2017. CHUC integrated this network at the beginning 2020, however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there were delays and its implementation has only now been possible.
This activity is based on the interaction of several teams and, according to CHUC, “imperiously a multidisciplinary process”.
According to intensive care physician Eduardo Sousa, Hospital Donation Coordinator at CHUC, there are fundamental parts in the viability of organs that have to be fulfilled, such as the use of “extracorporeal circulation oxygenation equipment, commonly used to support patients who need ECMO”.
Also according to the expert, CHUC “has had this technology for a few years and has teams organized to respond to requests”, which peaked during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In view of the scarcity of organs for transplantation, given the needs, “investment in this type of organ donation can constitute an increase in supply and a contribution towards saving more lives”, reveals Eduardo Sousa.
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