Executive summary from the intraoperative advisory council on donation after cardiac death of the United Network for Organ Sharing: Practice guidelines

M. Susan Mandell, Gloria J. Taylor, Anthony D'Alessandro, Lin J. McGaw, Edmond Cohen

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Abstract

The number of organs recovered from asystolic donors is less than anticipated and is explained partially by negative attitudes held by health care providers. To understand the reasons for these beliefs and find solutions, the United Network for Organ Sharing under contract with the Department of Health and Human Services convened the Intraoperative Advisory Council on Donation After Cardiac Death in September, 2001. The Council found that, unlike other medical specialties, operating room health care providers were uncertain of their roles and duties in the care of donors declared dead with cardiopulmonary criteria, known as donation after cardiac death. They were reluctant to care for terminally ill patients in whom death was an expected outcome. Council members deliberated these issues, seeking solutions to repatriate operating room health care providers with the national effort to provide reliable and compassionate care to organ donors and their families. The Council requested the construction of practice guidelines, believing that the structure provided by guidelines will improve health provider confidence in donation after cardiac death and thus improve the quality of care. Physician and nonphysician health care providers from the operating room met to create the Guidelines for the United Network for Organ Sharing, which they believe will improve the quality of care of asystolic organ donors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1120-1123
Number of pages4
JournalLiver Transplantation
Volume9
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2003

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