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 in order 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.
Two doctors from Vietnam, benefited from our grants: 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.
And how are these two doctors from Vietnam performing in their local hospitals?
The professor Tran Quang Vinh was a chief of Neurosurgery ICU and Spine Surgery. He retired. Dr. Nhieu, one of the granted doctors, replaced his position at the end of 2020. He works in the Intensive Care Unit in Chao Ray Hospital, the largest general hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and also the largest in Vietnam.
On the other hand, Dr. Tran Thanh Lihn has strongly supported organ recovery when in the hospital they have a case of brain death donor. They are both preparing the training program for ICU staff in the South of Vietnam for 2021. Dr. Linh is a leader of the ICU team of COVID-19 program. For that reason, the training program for ICU staff is waiting him to join.
Professionals of the Intensive Care Unit in this hospital are trying to complete the protocol taught by DTI Foundation. It says that ICU doctors must have a brain death diagnosis for every patient when they are discharged from hospital with brain death clinical signs. The protocol also says that they must call the ICU coordinator.
On the 20th of December 2020, the Chao Ray Hospital team has had one DBD at one hospital in the East of Vietnam. One team from Chao Ray went there. It included: ICU doctor, brain death diagnosis team, coordinator, and a medical social worker.
They also assist the retrieval team to receive heart, liver, kidney. The team delivered the heart to Hue, the capital of the Thua Thiên Hue Province in central Vietnam. The liver was delivered to Ha Noi, the capital city of Vietnam situated in the north of Vietnam. And the kidney to Cho Ray Hospital where Dr. Nhieu and Dr. Linh work.
All the recipient patients have been discharged. They are doing well with the transplant. It is a successful case. Thanks to that experience doctors have closely joined between Cho Ray Hospital, Ba Ria Hospital, National Organ Transplantation coordination centre, Police officer and Vietnam airline.
***Dr. Thu Du has given us permission to use these pictures of the activities at Cho Ray Hospital (CRH) for this report.
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