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Emergency staff attitudes toward organ donation after cardiac death

Mateos Rodríguez AA, Sánchez Brunete Ingelmo V, Navalpotro Pascual JM, Barba Alonso C, Martín Maldonado ME

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Servicio de Urgencias Médicas de Madrid. SUMMA112. Madrid, Spain.

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Mateos Rodríguez AA, Sánchez Brunete Ingelmo V, Navalpotro Pascual JM, Barba Alonso C, Martín Maldonado ME. Emergency staff attitudes toward organ donation after cardiac death. Emergencias. 2011;23:204-7

Summary

Objetives: Organ donation after cardiac death is an effective alternative to donation after

brain death. Studies have shown that health care staff have considerable influence

on family attitudes toward donation. Researchers have also explored the attitudes of

staff members. We aimed to determine emergency staff attitudes to donation after cardiac

death.

Methods: A survey questionnaire concerning attitudes toward organ and tissue donation

sought the opinions of physicians, nurses, and ambulance staff of the advanced life

support teams of the SUMMA112 emergency service of Madrid, Spain. We analyzed

the results to detect differences among groups of respondents.

Results: A total of 180 responses (61.7% from men) were received; 54.4% of the respondents

report that they apply the protocol after 20 minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Informing the family of the death is very important according to 57.2%,

but 59.4% declared that they felt lack of preparation. Ninety-nine percent approved of

organ donation, and 87.2% would like to be organ donors. Courses on how to communicate

unwelcome news are needed according to 97.8%. No gross differences were

found among profesional categories.

Conclusions: The SUMA 112 emergency care professionals are similarly and well disposed

to give information in this seetting, but they feel a need for specific training.

 

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