Organ transplants rose 19% in the first half of the year – Society

The number of organ transplants rose 19% in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2020, a year in which 197 fewer organs were harvested, a drop recorded above all in liver and kidney transplants.

According to data released by the Portuguese Institute of Blood and Transplantation (IPST) on the occasion of the National Day of Organ Donation and Transplantation, which is marked on Tuesday, this year the activity of transplantation grew in the first half, with 16 more % in the number of donors and 19% in the number of transplants performed.

These numbers compare with the atypical year of 2020, marked by the covid-19 pandemic, during which more than 20% of organs harvested for transplantation fell.

“The activity of donation and transplantation is only possible thanks to the involvement of donors and their families and all professionals involved in this activity and who daily join forces for the effective treatment of patients on the waiting list”, stresses the IPST, in a statement .

The Institute, together with the Portuguese Society of Transplantation, organizes on Tuesday a session to honor all those who are directly or indirectly involved in organ donation and transplantation and “without which many patients would not survive”.

To mark this date, there will be an online meeting where the main challenges facing hospitals in identifying and treating donors, organizing the procurement and transplantation of organs will be held, involving various professionals and medical and surgical specialties.

IPST data for 2020 mirror the impact of the pandemic, with a drop of almost 50% in the number of living donors.

The impact of the pandemic was felt mainly in liver (-19.2%) and kidney (-26.7%) transplants.

Cardiac transplantation, with a declining annual evolution since 2013, remained in 2020 close to 2019, with four more transplants.

According to data from the Portuguese Institute of Blood and Transplantation (IPST), there were 34 patients on the waiting list for heart transplantation at the end of 2020, the year in which 11 patients died.

Lung transplantation suffered a slight impact, with six fewer lungs transplanted (8.5%) in 2020, a year in which there were 64 patients on the waiting list and nine patients died.

The number of donor-recipient pairs enrolled in the national crossover kidney donation program also declined, with a double cross on 18 February and a quad on 18 August, with six patients being transplanted.

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