27 April, 2018

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and DTI Foundation keep cooperating in the framework of the implementation of a quality management system on organ donation


Last November, the SCOT (Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation) and DTI Foundation signed a collaborative agreement to improve the clinical aspects related to the deceased organ donation on the country. This 3-year program sponsored by the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia includes knowledge exchange visits to increase the detection of possible donors, healthcare professionals training activities and the development of an IT tool based on the successful model ODEQUS (Organ Donation European Quality System). The program aims to increase the Saudi donation rate up to 10 pmp.

In this framework, six hospitals participate in the pilot phase of the project: King Abdulaziz National Guard Medical City in Riyadh, King Saud Medical City in Riyad, King Fahad Specialist Hospital in Dammam, King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah and King Abdulaziz Hospital in Jeddah.

During the first week of March (5th-9th), a Saudi delegation composed by Dr. Bicher Attar (SCOT medical director), Dr. Elsayed Gadalla (SCOT medical coordinator), Dr. Mohammed Shalaby (Head of the ICU department in King Fahd Hospital, Jeddah) and Dr. Rasheed Alhubail (Critical care consultant in King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam) came to Barcelona and Madrid to visit reference centers and meet with the competent authorities to know more  about the Spanish donation model.


Meeting with Dr. Manyalich in Hospital Clínic de Barcelona during the visit of the Saudi delegation.

Until this date, the project has the support from the following centers: Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, OCATT (Organització Catalana de Transplantaments), Hospital Dr. Josep Trueta, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, Hospital Universitario Gregorio Marañón and the ONT (Organización National de Trasplantes).

During the last knowledge exchange activity last month (March 19th – 22nd), DTI experts met in situ with the participant hospitals’ representatives to introduce and provide guidance about the internal audits methodology.


Meeting with the hospital representatives in King Saud Medical City, Riyadh (March 2018)

Moreover, since January 2018, DTI Foundation has led monthly videoconferences with the SCOT and the project responsible from the participant hospitals to monitor the project’s evolution and implement the internal audits to evaluate the hospitals’ performance in terms of deceased donation.

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March 2018 monthly videoconference

All this work and efforts converge with the objective to enhance the communication between the SCOT and the donor hospitals by identifying areas in which additional specialized expertise or training are required and establishing a proper action plan.