- ORGAN PROCUREMENT SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMME:
ODF works closely with transplant coordinators throughout the country who coordinate and arrange Organ Procurement Skills (OPS) workshops. The objective of this initiative is to educate medical professionals to detect, identify and evaluate potential organ and tissue donors with the end result being to increase the number and quality of organs / tissue available for procurement and transplantation.
The training comprises lectures from expert professionals on transplantation of solid organs and tissue in adults and children. The practical component includes: donor detection, diagnosis of brainstem death, donor management, organ viability, family consent and legalities, and organ and tissue harvesting.
- EDUCATIONAL FIELD TRIPS/VISITS:
One of the major issues that directly impact’s the success of organ and tissue transplantation is a lack of knowledge and understanding of donor identification, organ / tissue procurement and management within the medical community. As a result, many hospitals in outlying areas are not affiliated to a transplant centre and may not know where to refer potential donors; nor do they have the necessary skills or knowledge to identify and manage potential donors. It is crucial that medical professionals in these hospitals become passionate about organ / tissue donation as the lack of knowledge and understanding has a direct bearing on the number of referrals made.
ODF, with the kind assistance of sponsors, facilitates the funding, where possible, for these educational visits to various regions in outlying areas. Top professionals in the field of transplantation present informative lectures on organ and tissue transplantation.
- RED INFORMATION FILES:
With the aid of sponsorship, ODF produces and distributes organ donor information files to intensive care and trauma units in hospitals countrywide. These files are vital references as it provides essential guidelines for medical staff.