Spain keeps its spot of being the world leader in organ donation for the last 28 years. The recent data published by the Organización Nacional de Trasplantes (ONT) reveals that Spain is doing excellently in this area. In fact, Spain has a reputation for breaking its own records in organ donations.
The ONT’s Successful Approach
The credit to this trend largely goes to the ONT. The ONT has worked very hard in order to achieve these numbers by way of its donation and transplant policies. Donations in Spain happen in a short span of time, and there is comparatively less waiting for patients to receive these organs when compared to many countries.
The ONT’s approach is characterized by a sense of proactiveness in trying to find as many donation opportunities in as many areas as possible. There is actually a sense of routine and habit around the whole trend. Most of the organ donations are reported to come from people around 60-80 years of age.
The ONT has a dynamic and alive approach. It has shown its ability to adapt very quickly to the many changes in the system, keep the donation levels high, and maintain the high quality of its healthcare system. In fact, a group of Belgian scientists even cited the ONT in the journal ‘Nature’ and praised the engagement of Spain in the context of organ donation.
The “Opt-Out” System
Its “opt-out” system is something that health systems in many nations can benefit from. As per this system, a Spaniard is typically registered for organ donation by default unless they state that this is not desirable for them. Families are also asked if whether they would want their deceased relative’s organs to be donated to potential recipients in dire need of the same. Fundamentally, the consent is presumed unless otherwise stated.
Although Spain has experienced its share of health crises, it has nonetheless shown its resilience and commitment to retaining this position in the world and setting a positive example. Even during the pandemic, the country saw a fall in organ donations for about 18 percent, which is still quite impressive compared to other nations.
A Trustworthy System
The doctors have a keen eye for detecting potential donors when treating their patients in intensive care units, trauma wards, and emergency wards. Hence, the training of doctors and nurses has been a huge factor in why the Spanish model has been so successful.
More importantly, citizens of Spain demonstrate a deep trust in the system when it comes to organ donation. When doctors, transplant surgeons, and transplant coordinators bring up the question of organ donation to families with a recently deceased relative, the families are usually keen to help and serve the collective interests of the health system. Hence, it is also due to people’s open-mindedness, altruism, and willingness that Spain has occupied the number one position in organ donations.