Journal article

Expedited organ donation in Victoria, Australia: donor characteristics and donation outcomes

Rohit L D'Costa, Samuel Radford, Helen Opdam, Mark McDonald, Leanne McEvoy, Rinaldo Bellomo

CRITICAL CARE AND RESUSCITATION | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Deceased organ donation work-up typically takes 24 hours or more. Clinicians may thus discount the possibility of donation when the potential donor is physiologically unstable or family requirements do not allow this length of time. This may lead to loss of transplantable organs. In 2015, we introduced an expedited work-up guideline with the aim of facilitating donation in these circumstances and maximising donation potential. OBJECTIVE: To determine the number of expedited work-up (consent to retrieval procedure of 6 hours or less) donors from 2015 to 2018, compare their clinical and demographic characteristics with standard donors, and assess the outcome of transplanted organs ..

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