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Intern Med J. 2013 Jul;43(7):816-9. doi: 10.1111/imj.12181.

Donation after cardiac death: are Australian emergency clinicians supportive?

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Emergency Practice Innovation Centre (EPIcentre), St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. claudia.marck@svhm.org.au

Abstract

To improve organ donation processes and outcomes, many Australian hospitals have introduced donation after cardiac death (DCD) following the 2010 publication of the National Protocol for DCD. As emergency clinicians play a significant role in identifying potential DCD donors, it is critical to assess their support and knowledge. Although many support DCD, most are unaware of the protocol or procedures regarding DCD. Education is needed and desired by many emergency clinicians.

KEYWORDS:

cardiac death; emergency medicine; emergency nursing; medical education; organ donation

PMID:
23841760
DOI:
10.1111/imj.12181
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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