The role of organ procurement personnel

The majority of actual organ donors die in an ICU within 36 h of admission. A wide range of services for the community hospital should be provided, including professional education, evaluation of potential donors, and the co-ordination of organ recovery when suitable donors have been identified. Initial notification by hospital staff of the potential for donation is the first and most crucial step. If the patient information suggests potential for donation, an organ procurement co-ordinator is dispatched to the referring hospital. Once at the site, the organ procurement co-ordinator further evaluates the patient's past medical history, current hospital course, and the laboratory findings indicative of patient status and organ function. If donation is deemed appropriate, the co-ordinator must then orchestrate the process of brain death as it relates to the consent process.

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