Now more than ever, we recognize the need to reflect on and acknowledge our collective efforts. This monthly digest shares highlights from our collaborative work with the organ and tissue donation and transplantation community. Please share with your colleagues. Send contributions, comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Webinar Series: Psychological First Aid, Grief and Loss, and Moral Distress in response to COVID-19
A series of webinars focusing on psychological first aid, grief and loss, and moral distress, within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, were developed with donation and transplantation professionals in mind. In case you were unable to attend or would like to share with colleagues, you can access recordings for Part 1 & 2 here.
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, administrative and medical leads from across OTDT in Canada continue to meet regularly. A number of resources are available and projects underway to help to inform the national response to COVID-19.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, transplants continued to be facilitated through the Highly Sensitized Patient (HSP)Program with three transplants in April and five in May. Current data for HSP is updated monthly and available here.
The Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) Program, which paused on March 16 in light of COVID-19, began its phased restart on May 20. The KPD team will work with provincial programs to identify opportunities for innovation and adapt to the new environment. Current data related to KPD can be found here or contact email@example.com
The next planned release of the Canadian Transplant Registry(CTR version 4.8.2) is tentatively scheduled for July 16, 2020. Release notes will be distributed to Users and posted online here.
The Interprovincial Organ Sharing of Hearts for High-Status Recipients (IPOS Heart) project aims to develop the CTR to allocate hearts interprovincially for sensitized (80% cPRA) and/or medically urgent (status 4) patients. Learn more about this important work here.
National data reporting
The 2018 national data reports for the interprovincial organ sharing programs are now available:
We're excited to announce the TV/digital broadcast of Her Last Project on CBCbeginning August 1, 2020. Visit herlastproject.ca for news and keep an eye on the CBC Gem app and CBC Docs POV for updates and access.
Deceased donor management: clinical tools and resources
Links to deceased donor management guidelines and complementary resources are available here. A number of knowledge translation tools (brochures, evidence bulletins, clinical checklists, and more) have also been created. It is our hope that these tools will help to optimize use of the scarce resource that donated organs continue to be.
Variability in deceased donor care in Canada: a report of the Canada-DONATE cohort study.
D'Aragon F, Lamontagne F, Cook D, Dhanani S, Keenan S, Chassé M, English S, Burns KEA, Frenette AJ, Ball I, Boyd JG, Masse MH, Breau R, Akhtar A, Kramer A, Rochwerg B, Lauzier F, Kutsogiannis DJ, Ibrahim Q, Hand L, Zhou Q, Meade MO; Canadian Critical Care Trials Group and the Canadian Donation and Transplant Research Program.Can J Anaesth. 2020 May 8. doi: 10.1007/s12630-020-01692-7.
On May 20, 2020, England's opt-out legislation, known as Max and Keira's Law, came into effect. It has been estimated that the law change will lead to an additional 700 transplants each year by 2023. Read more
Since his heart transplant, Terry has walked his daughter down the aisle, seen his son graduate university, held his first grandchild, renewed his wedding vows and participated in the Canadian Transplant Games. Help spread the word about the powerful impact of organ and tissue donation. Download our social media toolkit
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