Indore: In a move to start heart valve preservation in city, Indore Organ Donation Society has initiated talks with All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Medanta Hospital for retrieval and preservation of the same.
The society will soon sign memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the institutes so that the valves of the donors in Indore can be preserved in AIIMS. The society will also send two doctors of MGM Medical College for training of bone banking in Tata Memorial Hospital.
“We have initiated talks with both the institutions and the MoU will be signed soon. With this, the heart valves can be retrieved with the help of surgeons in Medanta Hospital and preserved in AIIMS,” secretary of Indore Organ Donation Society Dr Sanjay Dixit said.
Over the possibilities of establishing the unit in a government facility, Dr Dixit said the facility needed big investment and it was on the list of the society’s future developments for organ donation.
“The facility will need investment of over Rs 60 lakh. We will send a proposal to the government for the same but currently we are working on preserving the valves in AIIMS,” he added.
Talking about the preservation of heart valves, Dr Dixit said they couldn’t use heart of brain dead patients in some cases after which it was decided to use the part of the heart as it could be used for some other needy patient. “Heart valves can be preserved for five years at least and can be transplanted to other patients anytime. The number of patients with heart diseases has been increasing swiftly and heart valve preservation can save many lives,” he said.
First heart valve surgery in 1952
The first clinical replacement heart valve surgery took place in 1952. Advances in technology, improved valve design and newer surgical techniques make heart valve replacement a common procedure in major hospitals. With heart valve replacement, surgeons retrieve heart valve from a brain stem cell dead patient and preserve it, which can be transplanted to other patients in need.
Cochlear implant in MY Hospital soon
Amid preparations to start bone marrow transplant, administration of the biggest government run facility of the state Maharaja Yashwantrao Hospital will start cochlear implant by August.
Divisional commissioner Sanjay Dubey inspected the preparations in the hospital on Tuesday and directed dean of MGM Medical College Dr Sharad Thora and Superintendent Dr VS Pal to buy the equipments required for establishing the unit. Establishment of the unit will facilitate large number of patients as the government has been giving assistance of Rs 5-6 lakh each to many patients up to age of 18 years.
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