Building a network to receive and to treat potential patients with organ donation after brain death
For the purpose of updating and introducing to colleagues new and useful knowledge in organ transplantation from brain death donor and proceed to build a network for receiving, treating brain-death patients, providing organs and tissues for organ transplant, on 2nd August, Viet Duc University Hospital held a workshop namely “Building a network to receive and to treat potential donors after brain death” with in-depth scientific reports: Receiving situation and treating potential patients with organ donation after brain death in the world and orientations in Vietnam; Diagnostic criteria for causes of brain death; Preserving tissue and role of tissue bank in organ transplantation; Organ transplant from brain death people.
Joining the workshop, from Ministry of Health, Ass. Prof. Luong Ngoc Khue, Vietnam Administration For Medical Service Agency. From Viet Duc University Hospital, Prof. Tran Binh Giang – Chair of Communist Party, Director of Hospital; Representative of the National Coordination Center, representatives of departments/institute/center, doctors, nurses from Viet Duc University Hospital and other hospitals in North area.
Over last 20 years, organ transplantation in genereal, at first it was only a dream for the medical colleagues and Vietnamese patients unfortunately suffered from organ failure requiring it’s replacement treatment. Now that dream has come true. Prof. Tran Binh Giang – Director of Viet Duc University Hospital said: On 22nd May, 2010, Viet Duc University Hospital had performed liver and kidney transplants from a brain death donor. This is the first liver transplant from a brain-death person in Vietnam and is also a multi-organ transplant for many patients. According to statistics, nation wide there are around 70 brain death people donate organ, about 55 cases were performed at Viet Duc University Hospital. Most of brain death and organ transplant cases were performed at, while many of provincial hospitals were struggle about this matter. The problem is how to recover the cases of brain death risk, save patients to the maximum extent, when the patients have certain signs of brain death based on their expertise and law, the physician must protect organs to use for transplantation for those who are in need. This is a complicated test. Hence, Viet Duc University Hospital wish to build a network of hospitals receiving and treating potential patients with organ donation after brain death to save many patients’ lives and improve the quality of life of patients.
Speaking at the workshop, Ass. Prof. Luong Ngoc Khue, head of Vietnam Administration for Medical Service Agency, Ministry of Health proud of the achievements of Vietnamese medicine in general, in the field of organ transplantation in particular and praising the efforts of physicians at Viet Duc University Hospital -“extend hand” of Ministry of Health, Vietnam Administration for Medical Service Agency. The extraordinary efforts of Vietnamese physicians who have brought Vietnamese organ transplants to the level of world organ transplantation have fulfilled the dreams of previous generations of physicians. The need for organ transplantation is huge, it is necessary to build a network of information, transport and conduct organ transplantation to open the door to revive many patients.
Millions of people need an organ transplant every year in the world. However, like other countries in the world, the biggest obstacle to organ transplants in Vietnam in the present is lacking of organ donors, especially those who are brain death. Every day there are hundreds of cases of all kinds of injuries, especially cranial injury ask for discharge to die at home. However the number of brain death people donate are very small. This is due to the influence of psychology, religion and belief among the people. In order to further develop the organ transplant industry, it is necessary to do well the communication work, actively propagating and encouraging people to understand and support.
Viet Duc University Hospital as an outstanding specialized hospital, leading surgical center of the country, specialized scientific research and technical development center for diagnosis, treatment and take care of patient. The hospital is the nation’s leading center for organ transplantation with thousands of kidney transplants, most cases of heart and liver transplantation in Vietnam are performed here. Hospital is also the place for training activities, transferring techniques for organ transplantation to centers throughout the country: 108 Military Central Hospital, Cho Ray Hospital, Phu Tho Hospital, Saintpaul Hospital, Thanh Nhan Hospital, Vimec International Hospital…
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