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Organ Donation

A significant proportion of people in England and Wales would wish to donate their organs after their death to help others through transplantation. The majority of potential organ donors however lack the capacity to be directly involved in decision making at the time of their death. NICE guidance aims to promote the identification of potential organ donors in order to fulfill an individual’s wish

Organ donation should be considered as a usual part of 'end-of-life care' planning. As per NICE guidance the aim is to identify all patients who are potentially suitable donors as early as possible, through a systematic approach, and refer to the specialist nurse for organ donation (SNOD). Whilerecognisingthat clinical situations vary, identification should be based on either of the following criteria:

ANYpatient where:

  • A catastrophic brain injury has occurred and one or more cranial nerve reflexes are absent and GCS <4 (not explained by sedation)
  • There is a plan to brain stem test
  • Or withdrawal of life sustaining treatment is anticipated

The ONLY absolute contraindication is suspected CJD and HIV related disease (a HIV positive diagnosis is no longer a contraindication)

Please refer to the Specialist Nurse – Organ Donation to discuss the option of organ donation via the 24 hour pager on:

Pager 07659 100 103

And leave your name, contact number and hospital