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Authors Osaki S, Anderson JE, Johnson MR, Edwards NM, Kohmoto T
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Journal Eur J Cardiothorac Surg Volume: 37 Issue: 1 Pages: 74-9
Publish Date 2010 Jan
PubMed ID 19695894

The purpose of this study is to investigate the potential availability of hearts from adult donation after cardiac death (DCD) donors within an acceptable hypoxic period.We retrospectively reviewed a donor database from the University of Wisconsin Organ Procurement Organization Donor Tracking System between 2004 and 2006. The DCD population (n=78) was screened using our inclusion criteria for DCD cardiac donor suitability, including warm ischaemic time (WIT) limit of 30 min. In the same period, 70 hearts were donated from brain-dead donors.Of 78 DCD donors, 12 (15%) met our proposed DCD cardiac donor criteria. The mean WIT of these 12 DCD donors was 21 min (range 14-29 min). When inclusion criteria are further narrowed to (1) age <30 years, (2) WIT <20 min and (3) male gender, only two out of 12 met the criteria.Based on our proposed DCD cardiac donor criteria, the potential application of DCD cardiac donors would represent an increase in cardiac donation of 17% (12/70) during the 3-year period. When the criteria were narrowed to the initial ‘ideal’ case, only two donors met such criteria, suggesting that such ‘ideal’ DCD donors are rare but they do exist. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System