Care of the Organ Donor

  • Joseph M. Darby


Care of the organ donor is a multifaceted process that requires time, knowledge, and compassion to manage complex and rapidly changing physiological aberrations, provide emotional support to distraught families, and coordinate efforts with the local organ procurement organization (OPO). The limited supply of organs and the inherent instability of the potential organ donor emphasize the importance and urgency of a coordinated and focused approach to management in the intensive care unit (ICU). Success in providing high-quality organs requires early recognition of potential donors, accurate and rapid diagnosis of brain death, and continuous monitoring and life support directed at the preservation of vital organ function (1).


Organ Donor Brain Death Apnea Testing Potential Organ Donor Organ Procurement Organization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph M. Darby
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  1. 1.University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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