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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 424-429
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 2013;24:424-9

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. Deceased heart beating donor and organ transplantation in Saudi Arabia. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl [serial online] 2013 [cited 2019 Nov 22];24:424-9. Available from: http://www.sjkdt.org/text.asp?2013/24/2/424/109624
There were 631 deceased heart beating cases (possible donors) reported to Saudi center for Organ Transplantation in the year 2012, from 94 hospitals with intensive care units. Of this total, 324 cases (51%) were fully documented to have irreversible neurologic determination of death (potential donors) according to our National Protocol. Families were approached in 84% of the potenetial donors (271 cases), and consent for organ donation was obtained in 93 cases (34% 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 66% of the family approached cases. Out of the consented 93 cases, organs of 83 cases (89%) were successfully harvested (actual) during this year.

Regarding organ transplant activities, there were 118 deceased kidney transplantations done this year (distributed between nine government transplant centers), in addition to 50 deceased liver transplantations (performed in King Abdulaziz Medical City (NGH) - Riyadh, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center - Riyadh, and King Fahd Specialist Hospital - Dammam). Beside that, 22 whole heart transplantations were performed in addition to 24 hearts used as source of human valves. Moreover, 4 single lungs and 20 double lungs were also utilized this year.

The number of corneal transplantations performed in 2012 still reflects the continuous dependence on corneas harvested abroad. There were only 16 corneas harvested from local donors this year.

In conclusion, despite the achievements realized, (number of deceased heart beating cases reported, number consented, number 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 increasing public awarness about the importance of deceased organ donation and transplantation should still be continued. Figure 1 [Additional file 1]

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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