Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association

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Transplant Games 2012 - Apeldoorn, Holland.

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The 14th European Heart & Lung Transplant  Games will take place in Apeldoorn, Holland.  27th June to 1st July 2012. This is a unique experience not to be missed by all Heart & Lung recipients

"HONOUR YOUR DONOR..."

...and participate at whatever level your able, to show that organ donation works. The following sports are available:

  • TRACK & FIELD
  • PETANGUE
  • SWIMMING
  • BADMINTON
  • TENNIS
  • TABLE TENNIS
  • CYCLING
  • VOLLEYBALL
  • GOLF
  • BALL THROW

 

Training day get together will be organised at A.L.S.A.A (Dublin airport)

The Irish contingent at Vaxjo, Sweden 2010

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERESTED??? CONTACT:
BRENDAN GILLIGAN @ 087-2281159
SE EAGER @ 087-2574362

 

On The Podium!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2011 11:45

The Irish Heart Foundation

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A closer alliance is being pursued between our Association and the Irish Heart Foundation. For many years we have been in contact with the IHF to divert queries on Heart Transplantation issues from the general public and many times we have been asked to talk and visit people in hospital who have been diagnosed as needing a Heart Transplant at some future stage.

The Irish Heart Foundation are also interested in forming a new alliance between their organisation, ourselves (IHLTA) and Heart Children to debate and identify many issues of common interest.

Irish Donor Network Spring 2007

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Our Association is a founder member of the IDN and continue to represent the interest of our members in this group.

In 2001 we wrote to the then Minister for Health Micheal Martin, requesting that a formal Irish Transplant Authority be established to oversee every aspect of Donation, Procurement and Transplantation.

Until recently Ireland was the only country in Western Europe without an Authority or controlling body and without laws and legislation governing all aspects of transplant activity. The HSE is currently in the process of setting up a National Transplant Office to which Prof. Jim Egan has been appointed Clinical Lead. We will provide further details when available.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2011 20:49

Message from our Chairman Brendan Gilligan

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You may be aware of recent advertisements in the newspapers concerning:
Public Consultation for the Consent for Donation of Organs for Transplantation. More Information here.
Your Association in conjunction with The Irish Donor Network have expressed a choice of maintaining the current informed consent practice together with
‘Required Request Mandatory Reporting’

Draft Response to Consultation Process:

The Committee and members of the Association agree that of the various consent options contained in the consultation document they wish to express their choice as:
“Maintaining the current informed consent practice with required request and mandatory reporting”

We understand that required request would mean a statutory obligation on appropriate personnel within the ICU’s to approach potential organ donor families requesting organ donation following the patients’ brain death.

We understand mandatory reporting to mean that full and complete records would be maintained in each hospital recording all engagements with potential donors’ families, the outcome, refusals, and the reasons for refusals.

Our Association first wrote to the then Minister Michael Martin in 2001 asking for the establishment of a Formal Transplant Authority to regulate all activities within the area of Donation, Procurement and Transplantation.

We now support the call of our colleagues in The Irish Donor Network who are promoting the establishment of a formal transplant oversight body which we all consider essential to achieve a successful organ transplant program in our country.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2011 20:50

Some of the projects we funded:

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1. Our association donated €160000.00 to Professor Freddie Wood to assist in the establishment of the Mechanical Heart Programme in the Mater hospital. It has kept several patients alive until a suitable Heart became available

2. We purchased Physiotherapy exercise equipment for post transplant patients in the Heart and Lung Unit.

3. Medical equipment for Heart and Lung Unit. (E.G. Blood Pressure monitors and such).

4. We provided the finance for a specialist training course in Paris for Mater Hospital transplant coordinators.

5. Specialist training courses in the U K. for heart and lung transplant nurses from the Heart and Lung Unit in the Mater Hospital.

6. Hands free Phones for 3 coordinator.

7. Computer upgrades for Transplant Specialist Nurse.

8. Contribution to the printing of the new Heart Manual.

9. At the moment we are organising support to purchase an ‘Organ Care System’ for the Mater Transplant team.
This is an extremely important and necessary machine because it keeps the blood flowing through a heart and lungs after they have been harvested from a donor until they reach the recipient. This reduces the chances of damage to the organs and rejection afterwards; to date we have donated €70000.00

10. Prof Jim Egan requested the Association to help fund the staff administration cost for a new experimental Lung Programme which is being operate in The Heart & Lung Transplant Unit in the Mater Hospital at the moment. So far we have donated €10000.00. Further funding is pending.

11. We have contributed €2,500 towards the purchase of replacement televisions for St. Cecilia's Cardiology ward in the Mater Hospital.

12. We organise and fund a Remembrance and Thanksgiving Mass in February of each year to remember our Donors and families, and afterwards hold a reception in the Pillar room of the Mater for our members and families and friends.

13. Attendance at nurses conference in San Diego USA.

14. Purchase of a ventilator for the intensive care unit.


We confidently provide support to patients and their families who are waiting for a transplant . With the help from our Association, facilities have improved in the Mater Hospital for patients who are pre and post transplant but there is still so much more we can do.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 21:23

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