▷ Organ donation in Germany – between stagnation and new beginnings / 17th annual congress of …

26.10.2021 – 16:47

DSO German Foundation for Organ Transplantation

Frankfurt (ots)

The renowned advanced training event for everyone who works in the areas of organ donation and transplantation will again this year offer numerous practical and up-to-date lectures from medicine and politics.

“What moves us all is the question: Where do we stand after more than two years of legislative changes?” med. Axel Rahmel. The law to improve cooperation and structures in organ donation came into force in April 2019 and introduced fundamental changes. The extent to which these legal measures could be implemented in view of the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and what the necessary further steps include are central topics at the DSO annual congress. In particular, the changed framework conditions for transplant officers in hospitals are examined and discussed in more detail. “As our most important partners in the organ donation process, they need more support and recognition in view of their demanding task,” demands Rahmel.

Clinical lectures deal with current challenges and new developments: The bottleneck in the organ donation process is still the identification of a potential donor. The automated electronic screening tool DETECT developed at the University Hospital Dresden supports the staff in the intensive care units in the detection of patients with an imminent or possibly already occurring irreversible brain dysfunction (IHA). Which challenges, but also which support offers there are with the IHA identification, will be discussed at the congress.

Since September 2020, the guideline for donor identification of the German Medical Association has allowed initial informative discussions with the family about organ donation in the event of an imminent or presumed brain dysfunction. In terms of patient autonomy, the patient’s will should be determined at an early stage in order to ensure that a possible organ donation request is not neglected due to an equally possible therapy limitation. Against this background, the DSO developed a further discussion model for the treating doctors in the intensive care unit in the context of its relatives care in order to meet the new challenges. Aspects of other cultures and religions were also taken into account in order to map the requirements and needs of a modern, diverse society and to respond to the different needs. It is fundamental for every conversation that the decision-making takes place in a structured, empathic and open-ended manner.

Two speakers from Great Britain and Israel take a look at other countries. How did they manage to develop a culture of organ donation that we still lack – and what can we learn from them? The current initiatives of the Federal Center for Health Education will also be presented and discussed at the congress. Because in March 2022 the law to strengthen the willingness to make decisions regarding organ donation will come into force. From that point on, the population should be given more information about organ donation on several levels. The aim is for as many people as possible to document their decision to donate organs in the new online register.

The coronavirus pandemic also continues to be a dominant topic for the clinics. The congress gives an overview of the current situation regarding the effects on organ donation and transplantation. But the question of what lessons the hospitals can learn from this unprecedented situation after a year and a half of the pandemic is also asked and discussed.

The congress begins on October 28, 2021. After a greeting from Klaus Holetschek, Chairman of the Conference of Health Ministers and Bavarian State Minister for Health and Care, Prof. Dr. med. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, Honorary President of the German Medical Association, the annual meeting. Both those present on site and those taking part in the live stream can discuss with the experts who present and benefit from the exchange of knowledge and experience.

Press contact:

Birgit Blome, Head of Communication
Nadine Körner, Dr. Susanne Venhaus, press and public relations
German Organ Transplantation Foundation
Deutschherrnufer 52, 60594 Frankfurt am Main
Tel .: +49 69 677 328 9400, -9411, -9413; Fax: +49 69 677 328 9409,
Email: [email protected]
Internet: www.dso.de
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Original content by: DSO Deutsche Stiftung Organtransplantation, transmitted by news aktuell


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