Journal article

Estimating the Number of Organ Donors in Australian Hospitals-Implications for Monitoring Organ Donation Practices

David Pilcher, Laura Gladkis, Byron Arcia, Michael Bailey, David Cook, Yael Cass, Helen Opdam

TRANSPLANTATION | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The Australian DonateLife Audit captures information on all deaths which occur in emergency departments, intensive care units and in those recently discharged from intensive care unit. This information provides the opportunity to estimate the number of donors expected, given present consent rates and contemporary donation practices. This may then allow benchmarking of performance between hospitals and jurisdictions. Our aim was to develop a method to estimate the number of donors using data from the DonateLife Audit on the basis of baseline patient characteristics alone. METHODS: All intubated patient deaths at contributing hospitals were analyzed. Univariate comparisons of donor..

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