Following the serious incident which saw a surgeon remove a patient’s healthy kidney instead of the sick kidney (read: The surgeon is wrong and remove the bad kidney), kidney transplants had been suspended at Félix Guyon hospital. In a press release, the ARS announces that the Specialized Commission for the organization of care has delivered a unanimous favorable opinion for the resumption of activity. Here is the press release:

“On June 9, 2011, the Specialized Commission for the Organization of Care delivered a unanimous favorable opinion on the issue of the authorization for an adult renal transplant to the Félix Guyon Hospital Center, subject to conditions. This opinion constitutes a step necessary for the decision to resume renal transplant activity in Reunion, which will be taken by the Indian Ocean Health Agency.

Following serious accidents in the care of patients, the Indian Ocean Health Agency (ARS-OI) requested the suspension of the renal transplant activity at the Félix Guyon Hospital Center in September 2010. The inspection carried out with the support of the Biomedicine Agency, highlighted shortcomings in the organization of care and inadequacies in the medical and surgical workforce.

The Félix Guyon Hospital Center has been engaged, for several months, in an important work of reorganization of the care chain, in the writing of protocols and in the additional recruitment of specialized hospital practitioners. These actions are
are translated into the presentation of a quality dossier, making it possible to envisage a resumption of the adult renal transplant during the second half of 2011.

The Specialized Commission for the Organization of Care, made up of elected officials, health professionals and user representatives, delivered a unanimous favorable opinion on June 9, 2011 on the issue of authorization for an adult renal transplant at the Félix Guyon Hospital Center, with conditions relating to the continued securing of care:
– the successful recruitment of two additional urological surgeons, fulfilling the regulatory experience requirements
– the finalization of the protocols organizing continuity and coordination of care
– additional training for professionals in the histocompatibility laboratory
The Biomedicine Agency will be associated with these verifications.

Kidney transplant in Reunion is a major public health issue. This highly specialized activity cannot be implemented without meeting all the regulatory conditions and good practices guaranteeing quality and safety.
care. Also, the ARS-OI will take care, within the framework of its missions in favor of the health of all, that all the safety requirements are satisfied before any resumption of the activity of renal transplant. “

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