In 2011 following agreement with the Department of Health, The National Organ Donation and Transplantation Office was established.
This office sitting under the Quality and Patient Safety Directorate will oversee the implementation of the EU Directive on 2010/53/EC on standards of quality and safety of human organs intended for transplantation by August 2012.
In conjunction with the EU Directive the National Organ Donation and Transplantation Office must:
- Provide a cohesive approach to Organ Donation and Transplantation Services nationally.
- Increase Deceased Organ Donation Rates from 20 pmp to 30 pmp
- Increase Living Renal Transplant Programme Rate to 50% of Deceased
- Increase Heart Lung conversion rates to 50%
- Develop a National Database capturing all organ donation and transplantation data
- Engage internationally to ensure benchmarking against best practice and outcomes
- Deploy Donor Champions for Organ Donation throughout the acute system for both Medical and Nursing roles.
- Establish a Curriculum Group with the Nursing and Midwifery Services Directorate as part of the CPD for Nurses
- Engage with the Intensive Care Society to establish a Potential Donor Audit across all Critical Care Units
- Establish a formal National Procurement Organisation which reports to the National Organ Donation and Transplantation Office
Professor Jim Egan
Consultant in Respiratory Medicine and Lung Transplantation.
National Organ Donation and Transplantation Office, HSE, Room 145, Dr. Steevens, Dublin 8
Tel: 01 6352385/2111