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Managing kidney failures in remote islands: waiting for 3D printing! - 09/19/2049

Despite the perpetual struggle for better nutrition and individualized health support for almost 40 years, kidney failures due to food and genetic problems still remain a major cause of medical care and cost for the social security.

Patients on remote islands, in particular, are very sensitive to this situation and impose important logistical procedures to maintain treatment for renal deficiency patients (dialysis, etc.). At best, they are transported to Tahiti for transplants which have now been very common for around twenty years.


But organizations defending patients’ rights have been raising their voices more and more in recent years for the Ministry of Health to finally allow 3D biological printing in the islands.


Now a usual thing in Tahiti and having made it possible to develop more complete grafts than in the past, the ministry still refuses to extend the system in archipelagos: risks of breaking the rules of hygiene and sterility taking into account the situation of the dispensaries .


And while digital doctors are now available, the fact remains that there is a need for specially trained medical staff to monitor the printing process of the organ deficiency.

And finally the question arises of the stemming of said organ in the patient's body.

Even if remote interventions are possible, considerably reducing the costs of these medical procedures, the ministry does not wish to pursue this approach, preferring to maintain the repatriation of patients on Tahiti within the organic health printing unit.

Patient associations highlight the lower costs that this would generate, as well as the comfort that patients would gain by avoiding spending several weeks on Tahiti. Calculation confirmed by many medical specialists and economists.


But the government unfortunately does not wish to speak further before it appears that its position is becoming less and less sustainable.