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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 414-419
Deceased heart beating donor and organ transplantation in Saudi Arabia



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. Deceased heart beating donor and organ transplantation in Saudi Arabia. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2012;23:414-9

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. Deceased heart beating donor and organ transplantation in Saudi Arabia. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl [serial online] 2012 [cited 2014 Nov 20];23:414-9. Available from: http://www.sjkdt.org/text.asp?2012/23/2/414/93193
There were 710 deceased heart beating cases (possible donors) reported to Saudi center for Organ Transplantation in 2011 from 95 hospitals with intensive care units. Of this total, 385 cases (54%) were fully documented to have irreversible neurologic determination of death (potential donors) according to our National Protocol. Families were approached (eligible) in 80% of potenetial donors (309 cases) where as consent for organ donation was obtained in 93 cases (30% of all diagnosed and approached cases where the families could be contacted and the issue of donation was discussed). On the other hand, family refusal to donate organs constituted 68% of the family approached cases. Out of the 93 consented cases , organs of 73 of them (78%) were successfully harvested (actual) during this year.

There were 122 deceased kidney transplantations in 2011 (9 government transplant centers) and a total of 49 deceased liver transplantations (performed in King Abdulaziz Medical City -National Guard Hospital - Riyadh, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center - Riyadh and King Fahd Specialist Hospital - Dammam). Beside that, 19 whole heart transplantations were performed in addition to 23 hearts used as source of human valves. Moreover, one pancreas, 3 single lungs and 16 double lungs were also utilized this year.

The number of corneal transplantations performed in 2011 still reflects the continuous depen­dence on corneas harvested abroad. There were only 15 corneas harvested from local donors this year.

In conclusion, despite the achievements realized during this year (number of deceased heart beating cases reported, number consented, harvested and number of organs transplanted (utilized), more efforts, through various media, are still needed to boost the organ donation and transplantation activities in the Kingdom. Stress on health education to the medical community and the public in general on the importance of deceased organ donation and transplantation should also continue.

Deceased Heart Beating and Organ Transplantation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



Deceased Heart Beating and Organ Transplantation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



Deceased Heart Beating and Organ Transplantation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



Deceased Heart Beating and Organ Transplantation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



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