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Organ donation after brain death in India: A trained intensivist is the key to success

Vijayanand Palaniswamy, Suganya Sadhasivam, Cibi Selvakumaran, Priyadharsan Jayabal, S. Ananth

Keywords : India, intensivist, mandatory training, organ donation, organ sharing

Citation Information : Palaniswamy V, Sadhasivam S, Selvakumaran C, Jayabal P, Ananth S. Organ donation after brain death in India: A trained intensivist is the key to success. Indian J Crit Care Med 2016; 20 (10):593-596.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.192049

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-09-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; The Author(s).


Organ donation after brain death in India is gaining momentum but only in a few states. Tamil Nadu is leading in the country in this regard. Certain cities have performed well compared to Chennai′s results. A single tertiary hospital performed 28 donations in a 17 months period with a team of an intensivist and a transplant coordinator. An intensivist needs training and interest in this noble cause. There is no formal training program in this noble cause for doctors in India. A structured formal training needs to be introduced and made mandatory for the doctors in intensive care to make this donation process a successful program.

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