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Br J Anaesth. 2005 Nov;95(5):592-5. Epub 2005 Sep 23.

UK guidance for non-heart-beating donation.

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  • 1Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7AU, UK. saxon@domum.globalnet.co.uk


This guidance offers consensus opinion on the optimum management of non-heart-beating organ donation in adult critical care units. The guidance is not meant to dictate practice but rather to offer suggestions as to what might be considered reasonable practice. The following sections mainly relate to the medical aspects of non-heart-beating organ donation. Fuller guidance on other aspects of organ and tissue donation is available on the Society's website (www.ics.ac.uk). There are a number of parallel areas of work, such as the law on consent, the definition of death and revision of the original Code of Practice describing brainstem testing, which means that many aspects of organ donation are changing rapidly. This guidance is designed to help critical care practitioners while these issues are resolved.

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