Oct 18, 2021

Save 1million lives

DTI Community, along with DTI Foundation, have the mission of saving lives. At DTI (Donation and Transplantation Institute), we believe in the power of education, respect, diversity, and transparency. Our way of doing this is by promoting knowledge transfer through our training courses to have more competent professionals specialized on organ donation and transplantation.


Our main goal is - through our project on GlobalGiving, Save 1 Million Lives - to facilitate access to practices and training related to organ donation and transplantation and help healthcare professionals who find themselves in developing countries. With the main goal of raising $50.000 to ensure that under-resourced countries in Asia, Central and South America, and Africa can be trained and receive help to develop organ donation and transplantation processes and protocols.

 

Through the project on GlobalGiving, Save 1 Million Lives, DTI Foundation has been able to grant various scholarships to healthcare professionals from all over the world. In doing so, we have created amazing relationships and a strong network of friends, alumni and volunteers all inspired to save lives.

 

The money that has been raised since our last report hasn’t been enough to give more grants, however we keep helping and supporting those who have been helped previously and willing to help more people once we have raised more money.

 

For now we are helping two doctors from Vietnam: Dr. Nhieu, from the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit at Cho Ray Hospital, in Ho Chi Mihn; and Dr. Linh, also from Ho Chi Mihn, from the Intensive Care Unit.

Aug 23, 2021

IDOTCOVID Report

IDOTCOVID is an open-source platform hosting information about transplanted patients who tested positive to Covid-19, providing a holistic perspective on the influences of the pandemic on donations and transplantations’ outcomes. The database displays 135 different variables and regroups statics about patients’ status, recoveries, immunosuppressive treatments and Covid-19 treatments.

The goal of the database is to develop a machine learning algorithm to assist in the decision-making process - treatment alternatives and expected outcomes - of the population at the study.

The IDOTCOVID database uses data provided by 4 international registries - SEN, ELITA, CENATRA, and INCUCAI -, as well as 43 distinct centers. The collaborating registries / centers have been entering data in two ways: individually by an official representative of the registry / centers or automatically from the Registry of the Spanish Society of Nephrology as of August 2020.

To date, IDOTCOVID has registered 1363 SOTr COVID-19 + from 78 transplant centers in 15 countries. A pre-analysis identified most of the cases are middle-aged men (59.2 years), kidney transplants 72% with 26% liver transplantation and 20 cases of transplants of other organs. Fever (78%), cough (63%), and dyspnea (41%) as most prevalent symptoms. A mortality rate of 24% was detected during follow-up, with significant discrepancies according to transplanted organ (Kidney 25%, liver 15%, heart 20%, lung 50%; p=.006). Age at diagnosis was associated with an increased risk of death (OR 1.065 CI95 [1.049-1.081]), a mortality of 62% in those with >65yo (n=341), with an increased risk x12 superior to those <35yo (OR 12.96 CI95 [3.09-54.3]). On a multivariate analysis liver transplant risk remained with lower (OR 0.556 CI95 [0.378-0.824]) regardless of age.

During the next months, we will be applying different multivariate logistic regression and machine learning algorithms to develop a DSA to support the clinical decision making; that allows individualization of patient treatment, with focus on clinical management (outpatient vs. hospital admission) and of IS (suspension vs reduction).

Thanks to your donations we can create the most complete and diverse database possible in order to achieve the goal of this project: to create a decision support algorithm (DSA).

Jul 13, 2021

AETHA shelter homes: in need of some improvements

Organ transplants happen in hospitals and centres that have the special permission and the expertise to do them. Those are usually located in bigger cities or capital cities of a country and its different regions, so they might be far away from patients that live in other cities or towns.

Renting a hotel room during the entire process of a transplantation can be a big expense that some people might not be able to afford. To reduce the stress and the financial complications that a situation like this might cause, AETHA (Aragon Liver Transplant Patients Association), from Spain, offers to its members and their families a safe space during the transplant process and the recovery.

As family support is necessary for the complete recovery of transplanted patients, AETHA created The Transitional Accommodation Project-Shelter homes of AETHA. This project was born from the need of families that had to travel to Zaragoza, capital of the region of Aragón, due to their medical situation in their residential area -generally municipalities and rural areas throughout Aragón.

AETHA offers these services to their members and their families free of charge, thanks to donations like yours. Your donations have a huge impact on society, and specifically for patients who need a liver transplant in Spain. Currently, with the COVID-19 pandemic still going, these donations are very important.

Zaragoza is one of the regions of Spain with the most cases of Covid-19, and the decrease of hospitalization is going slowly. In this first quarter of 2021 the occupancy of AETHA's reception flats has been constant. 

AETHA volunteers monitor users by phone and, if necessary, accompaniment of people staying in the flats. Because of the pandemic, there is little or no face-to-face monitoring of the situation. AETHA volunteers are people with liver transplants and, as the floors are full of people who come and go from hospitals, the less they approach the shelter homes, the better.

This year AETHA has set a goal: to buy household items for the shelter homes (bed linen, towels, blankets, new duvets) and kitchen equipment/utensils that have suffered some kind of wear. In addition, one entire flat will be painted. 

All of these changes will help improve the quality of the stay of families with a member who is going through a transplantation process. And these changes will become a reality thanks to your help, support and donation received through GlobalGiving. The families, AETHA and us will be forever grateful for your incalculable support.
 

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