Donor Coordinators National Meeting was opened at First Auditorium at MU - Varna on 26th January. An organizer is the Department of Anesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Medicine, and a sponsor of the training meeting is Astellas Pharma Pharmaceutical Company.
During the meeting donor coordinators from across the country discussed issues related to medical management of donation, diagnosis of brain death and proper communication with the family. Guests and lecturers at the meeting and the follow-up seminar were Prof. Vilian Platikanov, Prof. Zeljko Zupan, Dr. M. Ivanovski, Dr. Sibila Marinova, Dr. Nikolay Mladenov and Dr. Chavdar Bachvarov.
The event was opened by the Chair of the Organizing Committee Prof. Vilian Platikanov. He congratulated all guests and lecturers and pointed out the main shortcomings and problems of donation in our country, expressing the hope that the belief in the medical guild would be enhanced on the part of the patients; and that more and more people would understand the need for donation and its role in saving human lives. Prof. Platikanov made a presentation entitled "Donation Programme in Bulgaria".
Prof. Dr. Hristina Grupcheva, Vice-Rector for Innovation and Translational Medicine, presented a congratulatory address on behalf of the Rector of MU - Varna Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov, "The degree of civilization of a people can be judged by the place of donation in its value system. This is even more valid when it comes to donating something priceless. The very fact that Medical University "Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov" - Varna is the host of this national meeting is a proof of our will to support the state policy and the medical science and practice, related to the development of the Bulgarian national donation system. I appreciate the constant aspirations of my colleagues from the Department of Anaesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Medicine, headed by Prof. Platikanov, and I wish them to enhance the knowledge and skills in their field".
Besides the expert meeting, a training seminar was held on the following day with leading European specialists in the field of donations. One of the main lecturers at the meeting was Prof. Zeljko Zupan, Chief Donation Coordinator in Croatia. Croatia is the world's leader in brain-dead donors, 35 donors in 1 million people approximately. About 100 patients are included in the transplant waiting list in Croatia compared to approximately 1 100 people in our country. Prof. Zupan has extensive experience in this field and has made a significant contribution to the development of donation in his country. He presented topics concerning the optimization of the strategy of the donation system, as well as early detection of potential donors and the diagnosis of brain death.