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Organ transplants reach record high

NHS Blood and Transplant has today revealed that a record number of transplants were carried out in the UK last year. The organisation’s Annual Activity Report 2009/10 says that 3,706 transplants were completed, an increase of 5% on the previous year.

The year also saw an increase of 7% in the number of deceased organ donors, which reached a record high of 959, and a 10% increase in the number of living donors, to 1,061. This success was attributed to the implementation of the Organ Donation Taskforce recommendations made in 2008, which aimed to bring about a 50% increase in organ donation rates by 2013. Since then, deceased donation has increased by 19% and the overall donation rate for the UK has risen to 15.5 per million population, from 13.1 pmp.

[quote bottom=said Sally Johnson, the NHSBT’s director of organ donation and transplantation.] I am delighted that we have been able to save more lives through increased organ donation and transplantation. [/quote]


 “We have made huge improvements to the way we work in hospitals and in promoting the overwhelming need for organs, and I am glad these changes are reaping real rewards with so many lives saved."


[quote top= Sally Johnson continued on to say:]One of the key changes has been the employment by NHSBT of more than 200 specialist nurses in organ donation, most of whom are now based in Intensive Care Units across the UK, working alongside a growing network of 185 clinical organ donation leads.[/quote]

“But there is more improvement we must make if we are to save the three people a day who are currently dying due to lack of a suitable organ. One step is for people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register and to tell their families they wish to donate.”