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8-5-2013 12:30 PM

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8-5-2013 1:30 PM

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Timely referral of patients following asystolic death to an organ procurement organization (OPO) may increase tissue donation rates. Notification of the OPO following asystolic death was formerly the responsibility of the admitting office. We hypothesized that changing the responsibility from the admitting department to the declaring physician for calling the OPO would increase timely referral and tissue donation rates. In 2006, the instructions accompanying the working copy of the death certificate were altered to require the patient’s physician to call the OPO within one hou r of death. From 10/2006 to 2/2007 intensive communication and in-servicing was carried out in all intensive care units. Timely referral and donation rates were tabulated before and after the intervention. Data were modeled longitudinally using Generalized Linear Mixed Models (SAS). There timely referral rates rose 2.1 fold on campus 1 (p

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Physician Referral Rather than Proxy Referral to an Organ Procurement Organization Following Asystolic Death Results in Higher Tissue Donation Rates

Timely referral of patients following asystolic death to an organ procurement organization (OPO) may increase tissue donation rates. Notification of the OPO following asystolic death was formerly the responsibility of the admitting office. We hypothesized that changing the responsibility from the admitting department to the declaring physician for calling the OPO would increase timely referral and tissue donation rates. In 2006, the instructions accompanying the working copy of the death certificate were altered to require the patient’s physician to call the OPO within one hou r of death. From 10/2006 to 2/2007 intensive communication and in-servicing was carried out in all intensive care units. Timely referral and donation rates were tabulated before and after the intervention. Data were modeled longitudinally using Generalized Linear Mixed Models (SAS). There timely referral rates rose 2.1 fold on campus 1 (p

 

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