Transplant Coordinators Training Course - An Important Milestone in India
The recent announcement by MOHAN Foundation to undertake ‘Transplant Coordinators Training Course’ is likely to change the course of deceased donation programme in the country. So far, there has been no structured training available for transplant coordinators in the country.
The nearest such centre is Spain and a week’s training there costs close to Euro 3,000. MOHAN Foundation for many years had been providing training to nurses and social workers informally on requests from its network hospitals. The Govt of India in its recent gazette entitled
THE TRANSPLANTATION OF HUMAn ORGANS RULES, 1995 (GSR NO. 51(E), dr. 4-2 1995)[As amended vide GSR 571 (E), dt.31-7-2008] has made transplant coordinator nomination mandatory before a hospital is registered as a transplant hospital. This would mean that any one of the 300 to 350 hospitals applying for renewal of its license would require having a trai ned tran spl an t coo rdi na tor. The Government of Tamil Nadu last year has issued an order to 54 transplant centres in Tamilnadu making this post compulsory (G.O. M.S. No. 288 dated 5/9/2008). A similar G.O. is likely to be issued by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Presently there are no formal courses available on this subject in India. Any candidate who has a BSW/MSW or B.Sc Nursing degree, B.Sc in Allied Healthcare sciences or any medical or dental graduate with a passion and commitment to the cause of organ donation is eligible for training and certification course. The course is divided to cover four important areas of knowledge and include – Concepts and management of brain death, counseling families, ethical and legal aspects and procedures to be followed for coordinating organ retrieval in a hospital. It includes many simulations and role plays, real organ donation case histories and visits to donor
families and hospitals units. The foundation has committed itself to train almost 300 such resource people over the next three years. The students from its first such course are already placed in important programmes in Chennai and seem to have made some difference to the number of donations taking place. One young lady who has been placed by the foundation in
a General Hospital has had almost 90% success when she has made a request for organ donation.
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