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The Indian society for critical medicine , a national body of ICU experts, has therefore proposed that every hospital be asked to submit its organ retrieval rate to the zonal transplant coordination committee, formed to promote organ donations and transplants

Given the high degree of wastage of organs in the organ retrieval process, the Indian society for critical medicine , has called for a regular audit of the organ retrieval process at hospitals.

Doctors working as ‘intensivists’ in intensive care units (ICUs), say that at least 24 hours is required to extract all the eight organs (kidney, liver, heart, pancreas, skin, cornea, lungs) in a healthy state from a brain dead donor.

However, due to many challenges, often, more than 50 per cent organs go waste.

Hence auditing and conversion rate of organs is necessary for improving the situation, say experts.

The Indian society for critical medicine , a national body of ICU experts, has therefore proposed that every hospital be asked to submit its organ retrieval rate to the zonal transplant coordination committee, formed to promote organ donations and transplants.

Experts engaged in retrieval of organs from brain dead persons say that at least 24 hours are needed to extract all the eight organs in a healthy condition from the donor’s body.

However, on an average, we push to finish the process within 14 hours which is not enough,” said Dr Kapil Zirpe, immediate past president of the critical medicine society. He said, more time is needed to retrieve organs and retain them in a healthy state.

“As of now we are only focusing on organ donation and taking consent from relatives, but counselling the relatives about the challenges of removal of organs in healthy condition and having trained hands for the process also needs equal attention. All this will help in improving the rate of organ retrieval and add to the organ donation rate in Pune,” he said.

The experts have, therefore, proposed that all hospitals should submit their data on organ retrieval to the local ZTCC body. An analysis of this data will help the body understand the rate of organ retrieval and the challenges faced.

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