8th FORT-MOHAN Foundation online training on Transplant Coordination

Updated on Thursday, September 3, 2020
  • MOHAN Foundation in partnership with FORT (Fortis Organ Retrieval & Transplant) successfully completed the 8th FORT-MOHAN Foundation online training on Transplant Coordination held from 17th to 29th August 2020. The training was uniquely designed and organised online for the very first time. The training was held on the Zoom software platform, which is a very reliable cloud platform for video, voice, content and chat sharing. The previous seven trainings were held at Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurugram.

     

    A total of 71 (national & international) delegates of diverse profiles such as transplant coordinators, doctors, nurses, social workers, dialysis technicians, people handling transplant patients, and students pursuing post-graduate studies from 15 states of India namely, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and one each from Nepal and Spain attended the training.

     

    28 eminent speakers and experienced professionals from the medical/non-medical fraternity conducted sessions on: -

    • Introduction to Organ Transplant
    • Basic concepts of organ donation
    • Transplantation of Human Organs Act (THOA) 
    • Public Awareness of Organ Donation
    • Brain Death & Maintenance of a potential deceased brain-dead donor
    • History of Transplant
    • Cornea Donation & Setting up the cornea donation program (IDEAL Study)
    • Approaches to Counselling
    • Organ Donation & Transplant Organizations
    • HLA typing & cross-matching
    • Living related organ transplant
    • Role of Transplant Coordinator in Deceased Donation
    • Donor Stories
    • Skin Donation & Transplant
    • Basics of heart/liver/kidney/pancreas/ failure & transplant
    • Bone Donation & Transplant
    • Whole Body Donation
    • Medico-legal Donation
    • Qualities of Transplant Coordinator in Deceased Donation
    • Uterine Transplantation
    • Retrieval Process as related to Transplant Coordinator
    • Hand Transplantation & Sharing by a hand transplant recipient
    • Religion & Organ Donation
    • Recipient sharing
    • Coordinating successful recipient cases in COVID times
    • Donor families sharing
    • Donation after circulatory death (DCD)
    • Current status of deceased donation in the world-Lessons from other successful transplant programs abroad
    • Sharing successful case studies
    • NOTTO
    • Role of social media in promoting organ donation & transplantation
    • Ethics of organ donation & transplantation
    • Setting up a Deceased Donation Program in a hospital

     

    Interactive sessions kept the participants engaged in the training and made them more receptive to the new information shared with them. Audience polls based on Multiple Choice Questions were conducted at the end of each session to keep track of their attentiveness and learnings. Also, these little breaks kept the content dynamic while giving everyone a chance to participate and refocus.

     

    Various activities were conducted in order to make the training interesting. One such activity was an online quiz on the Transplantation of Human Organs & Tissues Act 2014 and another activity that took place was Role play where breakout rooms were created online, each room had 6 participants with one senior MF faculty acting as the moderator. Role plays are essentially case scenarios simulating real- life counselling scenarios in hospitals to help the participants understand the right and wrong ways to approach donor families for organ donation.

     

    A panel discussion was held on the last day. The panelists were Dr. Vasanthi Ramesh (Director, NOTTO), Dr. Sunil Shroff (Managing Trustee, MOHAN Foundation), Dr. Harsha Jauhari (Chairman & Sr. Consultant- Department of Renal Transplant Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital), Dr. Rahul Pandit (Senior Intensive Care Consultant & Director of Critical Care Medicine & ICU, Fortis, Mumbai), Dr. Ashish Sharma (Associate Professor-Department of Nephrology, PGI, Chandigarh) and Dr. Maria Gomez (Executive Director, DTI Foundation, Spain).

     

    The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Avnish Seth (Director, FORT) and Dr. Sumana Navin (Course Director, MOHAN Foundation). Panelists addressed the following key points:

    • COVID-19 in Spain and its impact upon donation and transplantation
    • Scope of organ donation in COVID times
    • Role of Transplant Coordinators in hospitals
    • Recruitment of Transplant Coordinators in the hospitals following the THO & Tissues Act 1994
    • Capacity and awareness building initiatives in intensive care units of the hospitals
    • Cost for maintenance of brain-dead donor in the hospital
    • Allocation of Government health care funds to the NGOs working towards sensitizing the public on organ donation and promoting the cause & training of health care professionals 

     

    The participants also engaged in the panel discussion and raised many queries. To name a few:

    • What are the prime job responsibilities of a Transplant Coordinator in the hospitals according to the Transplantation of Human Organs & Tissues Act 1994?
    • What are the criteria for organ allocations to the recipients who are in the waiting list maintained by NOTTO?
    • How to get NOTTO registration number to be a Transplant Coordinator?
    • Which NOTTO courses are available for Transplant Coordinators? 

     

    A post- training online evaluation test was conducted on the last day to gauge the impact of the training. The test had 30 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and was conducted via KAHOOT (a game-based learning platform). All the delegates took the test with great enthusiasm.



    Source-Ms. Preeti Goswami
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