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Authors D'Alessandro AM, Peltier JW, Phelps JE
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Journal Am. J. Transplant. Volume: 8 Issue: 4 Pages: 897-904
Publish Date 2008 Apr
PubMed ID 18324979
Abstract

This case report focuses on the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Organ Procurement Organization (UWHC-OPO) efforts to produce a verifiable and demonstrable increase in organ donations by developing a replicable, transferable and feasible model intervention for increasing health care professionals’ support for donation after cardiac death (DCD). A grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services funded a 3-year study allowing the UWHC-OPO to (i) identify barriers to and opportunities for increasing DCD support among those involved in the donation request process, (ii) implement this better understanding of these support factors in the creation of intervention materials designed to increase knowledge of and support for DCD and finally (iii) to track and document the progress made in increasing knowledge, support, number of hospitals with DCD protocols, actual requests made and number of DCD donors. The results of the model intervention were extremely positive, showing lasting increases in DCD knowledge and support, adoption of DCD protocols and referrals in the two tracking survey stages following the intervention. Perhaps most notably, DCD donor numbers within the UWHC-OPO region increased 93% in the year following the intervention and 179% to date.

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