LHSC endorses recommendations in Auditor General’s Report on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation


December 6 , 2010

LONDON, Ontario -
London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) endorsed the recommendations made by today’s release of the Auditor General of Ontario’s (AG) annual report, which included the Report on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation.

LHSC was one of two hospitals to participate in the Auditor General’s audit, which focused on Ontario’s transplantation system and deceased organ donations, but not living related donations. "LHSC’s multi-organ transplant program (MOTP) is a leader in Canada, having performed many world and North American firsts. We were pleased to have the opportunity to offer our transplantation and donor expertise to help make the system more effective for all Ontarians,” says Kirsten Krull, Integrated Vice President for Surgery Services at LHSC.

The AG made seven recommendations to help improve transplantation and organ donation in Ontario. Specific to hospitals, the AG suggests that transplant teams improve their consent rates for potential organ transplantation by having trained professionals talk to next-of-kin. “This recommendation comes from our current practices. This is one of the reasons why London and its region have the highest donation rates in Canada. In 2009, the average donor rate in Ontario was 16.7 per million, while in London it was 21 per million,” explains Dr. Patrick Luke, transplant surgeon and Co-Director of the MOTP.

Another recommendation is to develop standards to ensure hospitals maintain their expertise and keep mortality rates low. “We average more than 160 transplants a year and exceed the minimum numbers suggested in the report. Plus, our mortality rates are amongst the lowest in the country. In many ways, we are a model transplant program and provide excellent service to a large portion of Ontario” adds Dr. Anthony Jevnikar, Medical Director of Kidney Transplantation and Co-director of MOTP.

London Health Sciences Centre’s multi-organ transplant program is a national leader that has pioneered many world and North American firsts. It is also at the forefront of innovation and leads the country in organ donation. LHSC provides its expertise to the Province’s Transplant Action Team and it will work with Trillium Gift of Life Network to help make a stronger organ transplantation system for all Ontarians.

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

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