Susan L. Smith, MN, PhD


March 28, 2003

Determining the Quality of Donor Organs

As the organ shortage continues to worsen, the healthcare and OPO communities are obligated to consider every possible donor. It is imperative for the OPO coordinator to perform a comprehensive evaluation of end-organ function so that only those organs that can be safely transplanted are recovered. Therefore, demonstration of acceptable organ function before accepting an organ for transplantation is critical. Laboratory and diagnostic studies are the primary tools used to assess end organ function. Evaluation of donor organs is described in "Organ Procurement"[6] in ACS Surgery.


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