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Neurological determination of death and organ donation 

Neurological determination of death and organ donation
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Neurological determination of death and organ donation
Author(s):

Shariq S. Raza

, Ali Salim

, and Darren J. Malinoski

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199651429.003.0007
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date: 22 October 2019

At the beginning of 2013 there were over 117,000 patients waiting for an organ transplant, while only about 28,000 organs were transplanted during 2012. Further, approximately 6,000 patients died in the same year while waiting for an available organ. This shortage of available organs for transplantation has necessitated the need for better management of potential organ donors to not only maximize the number of organs donated but also improve graft outcomes and prevent delayed function. This chapter discusses the various tests utilized for diagnosing neurological death, intensive care strategies for managing patients with brain injuries, and the various distinct types of organ donors, and providesan overview of the organ donation process.

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