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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 379-383
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 2010;21:379-83

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. Deceased heart beating donor and organ transplantation in Saudi Arabia. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl [serial online] 2010 [cited 2021 Dec 8];21:379-83. Available from: https://www.sjkdt.org/text.asp?2010/21/2/379/60219
There were 503 deceased heart beating cases reported (possible) in 2009 from 85 hospitals with intensive care units. Of this total, 300 cases (59.6%) were fully documented to have irreversible neurologic determination of death (potential) according to our National Protocol. Families were approached in 233 cases (eligible) (77.7%) while consent for organ donation was obtained in 82 cases (35.2%) 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 of the approached cases constituted 64.8%. Out of all consented cases (82) for organ donation, 68 cases (83%) were harvested (actual) during 2009.

There were 111 deceased kidney transplantation in 2009 (10 government transplant centers) and a total of 51 deceased liver transplantation (performed in King Abdulaziz Medical City - National Guard Hospital, King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh and King Fahd Specialist Hospital - Dammam). 15 whole heart transplantation were performed and 29 hearts used as source of human valves. Moreover, 4 pancreas and 4 lungs were also utilized this year.

The number of corneal transplantations performed in 2009 still reflects the continuous depen­dence on corneas harvested abroad. There were only 23 corneas harvested from local donors.

In conclusion, despite this achievement during 2009 activities including number of reported deceased heart beating cases (possible), number of consented, harvested (actual) and number of transplanted organs (utilized), more efforts through various media, are still needed to boost organ donation and transplantation. 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.[Figure 1],[Figure 2],[Figure 3],[Figure 4],[Figure 5]

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