Key clinical IssuesReview questions
  • Structures and processes including timing for referral and criteria for consideration for identifying potential DBD and DCD donors
  • Structures and processes for obtaining consent for cadaveric organ donation for transplantation, including the optimum timing for approaching the families about consent.
  • Coordination of the care pathway for conversion of potential donors to actual donors.
  • Competencies of healthcare professionals involved in the activities described above.
Review question 1:
What structures and processes including timing for referral and criteria for consideration are appropriate and effective for identifying potential DBD and DCD donors?

Review question 2:
What structures and processes are appropriate and effective for obtaining consent from families, relatives and legal guardians of potential DBD and DCD donors?

Review question 3:
When is the optimal time for approaching the families, relatives and legal guardians of potential DBD and DCD donors for consent?

Review question 4:
How the care pathway of deceased organ donation should be coordinated to improve potential donors giving consent?

Review question 5:
What key skills and competencies are important for healthcare professionals to improve the structures and processes for identifying potential DBD and DCD; to improve structures and processes for obtaining consent; and to effectively coordinate the care pathway from identification to obtaining consent?

From: Appendix B, How this guideline was developed

Cover of Organ Donation for Transplantation
Organ Donation for Transplantation: Improving Donor Identification and Consent Rates for Deceased Organ Donation.
NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 135.
Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE (UK).
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