CHARLOTTETOWN — A new organ and tissue donation and transplantation manager and a new renal clinic transplant registered nurse have been hired to help improve services for Island transplant patients.
The provincial organ and tissue donation and transplantation (OTDT) manager will lead the overall co-ordination of organ and tissue donation in P.E.I.
“The role of the OTDT manager is to develop a provincial program, which includes educating the public and working with national partners to ensure our program is well integrated with the other OTDT programs across the country,” said Health P.E.I.’s Pam Trainor. “We also hope this position will help increase awareness of the importance of organ donation.”
The new renal clinic transplant registered nurse will have a dedicated focus to support Island patients as they prepare for a kidney transplant.
“This is an excellent supplement to our current resources in the provincial renal program,” said Arlene Gallant-Bernard, executive director, PCH and P.E.I. renal program. “There’s a great deal of time and work involved with the transplant preparation stage, such as blood work, X-rays, and physical and psychological assessments. This added resource will ensure continuity of care and help to get patients on the transplant list sooner.”