Dr. Mehta's Hospitals in association with MOHAN Foundation organized a workshop on "Deceased Organ Donation" on April 29, 2023, at the Auditorium in Dr. Mehta's Hospitals, Chennai. The workshop aimed to educate healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers, and technicians, on various aspects of organ donation.
Dr Sukanya, Govindan, Nephrologist, Dr. Mehta's Hospitals welcomed the guests and audience and gave an overview about the workshop.
Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee, MOHAN Foundation discussed the legal framework of deceased organ donation and transplant in India. He emphasized the legal provisions and guidelines to implement the deceased donation programme in a hospital.
Followed him was Dr. Raghavendran, Professor of Neurosurgery, Madras Medical college and Rajiv Gandhi Govt General hospital who talked about the identification and certification of brain stem death, which is essential for organ donation. His lecture covered the concept of brain death, evolution, testing for brainstem reflexes, conducting apnoea test and interpreting results. He also briefed about scenarios where apnea test shall be conducted and role of ancillary tests in such situations.
The workshop included a session on maintenance of a potential brain-dead donor in the ICU by Dr. Ponniah Vanamoorthy, Head, Department of Neurocritical Care, Neuroanesthesiology, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai. Dr. Ponniah explained the donor management goals and case scenarios.
Mr. Johnson, Transplant Manager, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai was the faculty for the session on counseling of grieving families. He spoke about the various stages of grief, counselling process and do’s and don’ts of counselling.
The workshop included activities on the following
A total of 37 staffs from Dr. Mehta’s Hospitals attended the workshop and shared their feedback.