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EUROPEAN DATA ON...

             ORGAN DONATION                                                                           By

                                                                                                   MARK
                     TRANSPLANTATION                                                             MURPHY




              he European Directorate for the
              Quality of Medicines and Healthcare        27.1
              (EDQM) of the Council of Europe has
        Tpublished its 2016 Newsletter on the        DECEASED ORGAN
        international figures on organ donation        DONORS 2016                          24.8
                                                      PER MILLION OF POPULATION
        and transplantation for 2016.                                        21.3                       3.4
                                                                                  19.8
                                                                                            16.7
        Ireland is now one of the few European
                                                                                             15.2
        countries that don’t have Specialist Nurses                         17.5
        for Organ Donation (SNOD) working inside          16.3                              21.8
        our intensive care facilities. Despite the              21.4                            23.4
        huge efforts of the staff in our new                            14.7           14.3
        procurement service, Ireland is slipping                      31.0   10.4
        down the rankings across Europe. However,                       5.2       25.2
                                                                                        13.3
        we are in 10th place when you study the                                   25.0             3.2
        deceased organ donors per deaths rather                    27.9  13.3           18.5   6.3
        than per million of population (PMP).                                    20.4  40.0
           Ireland has the youngest population in                                     1.4
        Europe and subsequently we have a much    32.6                         24.4             5.5
        lower death rate than others. This fact         43.5
                                                                                                           7.1
        shows up the bias in the use of PMP as the
        comparative figure in ranking each country.                                          4.7
        However, PMP is the recognised way we
        compare ourselves with others.                                             23.0                     4.7
           The top-10 countries for deceased organ
        donors are the same as last year, maybe   The UK, in recent years, has     DECEASED ORGAN DONORS
        swopping place by one or two positions.  consistently out-performed             PER DEATH – 2016
                                                         Ireland’s PMP deceased                2016   2016  Deaths
            EUROPEAN DECEASED ORGAN DONORS 2016          organ donor rates by                 Deaths  Deceased  per
                      PER MILLION OF POPULATION                                RankCountries  Eurostat  Donors  Donor
                                                         its extensive use of  1  Spain       406800  2019    201
                                                         donors by cardiac     2  Iceland      2300     9     256
                                                                               3  Belgium     108100   351    308
                                                         death (DCD’s). In 2016  4  Croatia   51500    166    310
                                                         they had 603 DCD      5  France      587100  1859    316
                                                                               6  Portugal    110500   337    328
                                                         donors versus just 3 in  7  Malta     3300    10     330
                                                         Ireland.              8  Norway      40700    111    367
                                                                                  Austria
                                                           I highlight this    9 10 IRELAND   80700    217    372
                                                                                              30400
                                                                                                       77
                                                                                                              395
                                                         elsewhere in our      11  Finland    53900    136    396
                                                         submission to the     12  Czech Rep.  107800  266    405
                                                                               13  Italy      615300  1478    416
                                                         Department of Health.  14  UK        597200  1401    426
                                                                               15  Sweden     91000    195    467
                                        IRELAND’S RANK IN EUROPE FOR ORGAN DONATION (PMP)  16  Slovenia  19700  42  469
                                                                               17  Denmark    52800    100    528
                                       1                                       18  Switzerland  65000  111    586
                                                                               19  Netherlands  149000  250   596
         21st Ireland                  5                                       20  Lithuania  411000   63     652
                                                                               21  Hungary    127100   182    698
                                      10                                       22  Estonia    15400    22     700
                                                                               23  Poland     388000   542    716
                                      15                                       24  Slovakia   52400    72     728
                                                                               25  Turkey     422100   562    751
                                      20                                       26  Latvia     28600    30     953
                                                                               27  Germany    920000   857   1074
                                      25
                                                                               28  Luxembourg  4000     3    1333
                                                                               29  Cyprus      5500     4    1375
                                      30                                       30  Romania    256500   124   2069
                                              2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  31  Greece  118800  51  2329
                                     Donors  81  90  58  93  78  86  63  81  77  32  Bulgaria  107600  39    2759
                                             88
                                                                               33  Bosnia & Herz  35500  5   7100
                                                                               Totals        5722600  12413  (avg) 461
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