The city of Vimeiro held, once again and for the sixth time in Portugal, the Advanced Course in Transplant Procurement Management (TPM). The event was organized by the Insituto Português do Sangue e da Transplantação IPST (Ministério da Saúde) together with DTI Foundation. From the 26th to the 29th of March, a total of 50 healthcare professionals attended the course as students to learn the best practices in Organ Donation and Transplantation.
During these four days, Portuguese and Spanish experts taught the main aspects and skills of Organ Donation.
The course included workshops in detection and identification of the donor, management of the donor after brain death and after circulatory death –one of the biggest challenges in the Transplant community–, communication with the potential donor’s family and viability of organs and clinic cases.
Portugal’s organ donation rate is currently one of the highest in the world. In 2018, according to IRODaT, there were 33,63 donors per million of population, a number that has been increasing since 2014 – except for a slight reduction from 2017 to 2018.
Last year, a total of 837 organ transplants were performed in Portugal: 529 kidney operations, 201 liver operations, 27 pancreas operations, 46 heart transplants and 34 lung operations.