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Donation after Cardiac Death: Community Views about 'Decent' Intervals.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21299835     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Donation after cardiac death (DCD) offers an alternative pathway to donation for some donors. Successful recovery of organs for transplantation following DCD requires that organ recovery surgery commence as soon as possible after death has occurred. This limits the amount of time that family and friends can spend with the donor prior to surgery. The aim of this study was to identify community views about the timing of organ recovery in DCD. Data were collected from two sources in South Australia: 32 members of the public participated in four focus groups, and 2693 adults participated in a representative population survey. Respondents were asked their views about a decent interval to wait after death prior to organ recovery surgery. Focus group participants identified a tension between preserving organ viability and allowing families time with the deceased. Of the survey respondents, 45.2% selected a timeframe compatible with potentially viable donations; 34.1% selected a timeframe incompatible with viable donations; and 20.8% gave an indeterminate answer. These findings provide information about public perceptions of DCD, can be used to inform educational campaigns about DCD and serve as a baseline for evaluating such campaigns, and identify a number of areas for further investigation.
Authors:
W A Rogers; S de Lacey; J C Avery
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-2-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1600-6143     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-2-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100968638     Medline TA:  Am J Transplant     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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©2011 The Authors Journal compilation©2011 The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
Affiliation:
Department of Philosophy and Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia School of Nursing and Midwifery, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.
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