Availability of Transplantable Organs From Brain Stem Dead Donors in Intensive Care Units
Gore, Sheila M.
Taylor, R.M. Ross
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1991 Jan 19; 302(6769): 149-153.
Setting -- 15 regional and special health authorities in England...Conclusions -- four strategies to increase the supply of transplantable organs from brain stem dead potential donors in intensive care units were identified: (a) reducing refusal of relatives; (b) avoiding non-procurement of actually suitable organs (by logistical initiatives) and deterioration of initially suitable organs (by donor care initiatives); (c) converting restricted offers to unrestricted offers; and (d) ensuring discussion with families. Early referral to the transplant team or coordinator gives time for discussion about donor care and agreement on medical suitability for donation for specific organs. Solving some of the logistical problems for non-procurement may be a prerequisite for increased offers to be translated into increased donations. The impact of publicity therefore needs to be measured on offers of suitable donors as well as by actual donations. (KIE abstract)
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