Lessons from a pilot for uncontrolled donation after circulatory death in the ED in the UK

Matthew James Reed*, Ian Currie, John Forsythe, Irene Young, John Stirling, Lesley Logan, Gareth R. Clegg, Gabriel C. Oniscu

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Abstract

Worldwide there is a shortage of available organs for patients requiring transplants. However, some countries such as France, Italy and Spain have had greater success by allowing donations from patients with unexpected and unrecoverable circulatory arrest who arrive in the ED. Significant advances in the surgical approach to organ recovery from donation after circulatory death (DCD) led to the establishment of a pilot programme for uncontrolled DCD in the ED of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. This paper describes the programme and discusses the lessons learnt.

Original languageEnglish
Article number208650
JournalEmergency Medicine Journal
Early online date22 Nov 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • cardiac arrest
  • emergency care systems, emergency departments
  • resuscitation

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