Publication
Title
Brain death and postmortem organ donation: report of a questionnaire from the CENTER-TBI study
Author
Institution/Organisation
CENTER-TBI Investigators
Abstract
BackgroundWe aimed to investigate the extent of the agreement on practices around brain death and postmortem organ donation.MethodsInvestigators from 67 Collaborative European NeuroTrauma Effectiveness Research in Traumatic Brain Injury (CENTER-TBI) study centers completed several questionnaires (response rate: 99%).ResultsRegarding practices around brain death, we found agreement on the clinical evaluation (prerequisites and neurological assessment) for brain death determination (BDD) in 100% of the centers. However, ancillary tests were required for BDD in 64% of the centers. BDD for nondonor patients was deemed mandatory in 18% of the centers before withdrawing life-sustaining measures (LSM). Also, practices around postmortem organ donation varied. Organ donation after circulatory arrest was forbidden in 45% of the centers. When withdrawal of LSM was contemplated, in 67% of centers the patients with a ventricular drain in situ had this removed, either sometimes or all of the time.ConclusionsThis study showed both agreement and some regional differences regarding practices around brain death and postmortem organ donation. We hope our results help quantify and understand potential differences, and provide impetus for current dialogs toward further harmonization of practices around brain death and postmortem organ donation.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Critical care. - London
Publication
London : 2018
ISSN
1364-8535
1466-609X
Volume/pages
22 (2018) , 11 p.
Article Reference
306
ISI
000450478400002
Pubmed ID
30446017
Medium
E-only publicatie
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UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Research group
Project info
CENTER-TBI: Collaborative European NeuroTrauma Effectiveness Research in TBI
Publication type
Subject
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 10.12.2018
Last edited 20.09.2021
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