Transplant Procurement Management 2018 set in motion
Sarah Mae B. Samar | Published: Monday, 08 October 2018
The Department of Health RO-XI (DOH), in partnership with the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), launched this year’s 2nd Intermediate Training Course in Transplant Procurement Management (TPM) on 12 September, 2018.
The opening ceremony took place in the Mahogany Room of SPMC. Guests were welcomed by Mr. Ricardo Justol, SPMC Chief Administrative Officer, and the 3-day event was officially opened by Dr. Annabelle Yumang, DOH RO-XI Director. Dr. Yumang praised SPMC for being the first in the country to have this kind of training course and for having the 2nd TPM training in Davao City. The opening ceremony was followed by a tour to the SPMC Intensive Care Units (ICU) and emergency room. Later that afternoon, the TPM training course started at the Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City. The course lasted for 3 days with a total of 45 participants from different parts of the country. Twenty of the participants were from Davao City. A blend of transplant surgeons/coordinators, nephrologists, internists, and nurses, were trained on donor detection, brain death assessment & evaluation, breaking the bad news and right approaches to succeed in obtaining the consent for organ donation from the family of the potential kidney donor. It was announced on the last day of the event that the 3rd TPM training course in Davao City will be held on 27 to 29 November, 2018.
The TPM training course was facilitated by six foreign delegates and four local speakers. The foreign delegates from Spain were: Gloria Perez, Head of the TPM and Donation & Transplantation Institute (DTI) of Barcelona; Entela Kondi, International Coordinator of Sister Transplant Center Program between SPMC and University of Barcelona; Sara Alcantara, Intensivist from Madrid; and Alberto Sandiumenge, Intensivist and Transplant Coordinator from Madrid. They were accompanied by Carmen Pantis, Intensivist and Transplant Coordinator from Romania and Farida Younan, National Transplant Coordinator from Lebanon. The Transplant Procurement Management - Donation and Transplantation Institute (TPM-DTI) Foundation of Barcelona is the best institution to run the training course since Spain, as a country, is the world leader in deceased organ donations.
The four local speakers were: Dr. Francisco Sarmiento III, Head of Philippine Network of Organ Sharing; Dr. Benita Padilla, Nephrologist from National Kidney and Transplant Institute; Dr. Rica San Diego, Nephrologist and Transplant Coordinator from The Medical City; and Dr. Maria Theresa Bad-ang, Nephrologist and Head of Organ Procurement Organization, Zone 4A. Dr. Bad-ang, having seen a very good composition of participants, anticipates a resolution on the problem of our dialysis patients in the near future. The DOH is also advocating on Deceased Organ Donation since the number of patients with End Stage Renal Disease in the Philippines is increasing, but the chances of getting transplants remain low due to lack of donors.
Other attendees of the training were: Dr. Helen Ocdol, President of Philippine Society of Nephrology; Dr. Servando Sergio Simangan, President of Philippine Society of Transplant Surgeons; Dr. Adriano Subaan, Asst. Director Department of Health-RO XI; and other neurologists, surgeons and internists in the region.