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J Transpl Coord. 1998 Mar;8(1):40-2.

An in-house coordinator program to increase organ donation in public teaching hospitals.

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  • 1LifeGift Organ Donation Center, Houston, Tex., USA.


The organ donor referral rates at Ben Taub General Hospital, a level 1 county trauma facility in Houston, Tex, were in the high 90s from 1993 through 1996. However, organs were procured from only 25% of those potential donors who were medically suitable. LifeGift Organ Donation Center identified two issues concerning the hospital's organ donor referrals: early medical management problems and a low consent rate. The hospital and LifeGift developed an in-house coordinator program along with specific protocols that have markedly increased the quantity of organ donors. In fiscal year 1994, 15 organ donors were recovered; in fiscal year 1995, following the implementation of the program, 25 organ donors were recovered. In fiscal year 1996, 39 organ donors were recovered. The in-house coordinators' consent rate was 72% of medically suitable potential donors. Early referrals for evaluation contributed to these successes.

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