Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – Despite the corona pandemic, the number of organ donors and donated organs in Berlin has so far remained more or less constant. As the German Foundation for Organ Transplantation (DSO) announced on Thursday in Frankfurt, according to preliminary figures, 52 people in the capital donated one or more organs after death. In the previous year there were only a few more donors at 55. Compared to 2018, when 48 people donated organs, it was actually an increase.
In Germany as a whole, the number of donors in 2020 was 913, roughly the same as in 2019. At that time, the DSO counted 932 organ donors.
In the past year, 2941 organs removed after the death of the donor (“post-mortem”) could be assigned to the international agency Eurotransplant. According to the DSO, that was only slightly fewer than in 2019, when 2995 organs were passed on. Kidneys were most frequently donated, followed by livers, lungs, hearts and other organs.
Last year, 3016 organs were transferred to German transplant centers after a post-mortem donation, 176 fewer organs than in 2019. At the end of 2020, according to the DSO, 9200 patients were still on the waiting list for a transplant.
“It shows that it is increasingly natural for doctors and nurses in intensive care units to ask about their attitudes towards organ donation at the end of the life of patients with severe brain damage, even in the pandemic phase,” explained the medical director of the DSO, Axel Rahmel .
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