Canada still has a shortage of organ donations despite seeing a 33 per cent increase in transplant procedures in 2018, according to the latest numbers from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
At the end of 2018, there were 4,351 people on wait-lists for organ transplants, including 2,890 deemed active and another 1,461 on hold, meaning they cannot receive a transplant for medical or other reasons for a short period of time, numbers from the Canadian Organ Replacement Register (CORR) show. CORR is a pan-Canadian information system for organ failure in Canada.
“There are many factors that come into play when determining which organs are suitable to transplant into a patient. With the increase in donation after cardiac death, we have seen a substantial increase in the number of organ donors in Canada, and this has shortened wait times, particularly for those waiting for kidney or lung transplants,” Dr. Jagbir Gill, transplant nephrologist and associate professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia, said in a statement.
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