Cancun, Q.R. – Hospitals in the state of Quintana Roo are working toward becoming licensed so they can accept organ donations. Their goal is to have the certifications in place for next year.
Larger hospitals throughout the state are hoping to implement a doner transplant program that would allow the families of brain-dead patients to donate their tissue and organs. The certification would include a team of doctors who would work with families on matching doners and the types of organs needed.
Roses Mauro Cortez, state director of Transfusion Medicine of State Health Services, says that in Mexico there is a waiting list of more than 20,000 people in need of organ transplants, and that that number includes patients in Quintana Roo.
“We are working hard to become certified and licensed in this area so that people can voluntarily donate organs or tissue,” she said.
In order for state hospitals to become certified they need to meet a number of preset requirements as outlined by the National Transplant Center. Some of those requirements include rapprochement with the relatives of patients, to medical training, specialized equipment and general infrastructure.
Mauro Cortez says that, “All organs and tissues can be transplanted including fluids and tissues, organs, bones and skin and that it’s important to promote organ donation in our culture.”
According to Centro Nacional de Trasplantes, in Mexico corneal transplants, bone marrow (parent blood), bone, heart valves, kidney, liver, heart and lung transplants are performed. There are more than 400 hospitals located throughout the health sector (social, public and private) that carry out different types of transplants.
For a hospital to perform transplants, they are required to have a permit issued by the Ministry of Health for that activity in addition to trained medical personnel.
Most hospitals that perform transplants are in the capitals of the states and in larger cities. The technical capacity of its surgeons and transplant programs are distinguished by their high quality. Transplants have been performed in Mexico since 1963 and to date, there have been about 40,000 transplants.