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Organ Donation 

Organ Donation
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Organ Donation
Author(s):

Lissi Hansen

, and Lauren F. Dunn

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0045
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date: 22 August 2019

This chapter examines the organ donation process from the time the bedside nurse recognizes that a patient should be referred for organ donation until organ procurement has been completed. It also discusses when to speak with families about organ donation, how to address family concerns, the clinical triggers for organ donation, differences between brain death donation and donation after circulatory death (DCD), and palliative care for patients who are candidates for DCD. State and federal regulations related to prospective donors and safeguarding standards that are in place for organ procurement organizations (OPO) and hospitals are also included.

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