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Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network > Information for Healthcare Professionals

Information for Healthcare Professionals

We work closely with the healthcare professionals at 38 acute care hospitals to present organ or tissue donation options to families and ensure that donation is considered as a routine part of the end of life process.

News and Events for Healthcare Professionals

News and Events for Healthcare Professionals

News items and events intended for healthcare professionals whose focus is organ, eye and tissue donation, and transplantation.
"Partners" - Our E-Newsletter for Healthcare Professionals

"Partners" - Our E-Newsletter for Healthcare Professionals

Welcome to PARTNERS, Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network’s e-newsletter for healthcare professionals. If you're not receiving this informative newsletter via email, be sure to sign below.
Partners Newsletter - Fall 2015

Partners Newsletter - Fall 2015

As we close out the year 2015, we continue our Best Practices series involving the Donor Referral Hotline, looking at "how" it relates to the differences between organ, eye and tissue donation and the agencies who respond to them. We review a symposium...
BEST PRACTICES: Making Sense of Organ, Eye and Tissue Referrals (Part 2)

BEST PRACTICES: Making Sense of Organ, Eye and Tissue Referrals (Part 2)

In our last issue of Partners, we reviewed the “who, what, why, where and how” regarding the Donor Referral Hotline. As a follow-up, let's take a closer look at the “how” as it relates to the differences between organ, eye and tissue donation and the...
SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION: Perinatal Symposium Features Talk About Supporting Families Who Choose Life Amidst Loss

SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION: Perinatal Symposium Features Talk About Supporting Families Who Choose Life Amidst Loss

At the 42nd Annual Perinatal Symposium in Syracuse, we presented a plenary discussion, "Organ Donation: Life Emerging from Sadness." Crouse Hospital, Upstate Medical University and the hospitals' Central New York Regional Perinatal Programs sponsored...
GIFT OF LIFE STORIES: Heart Recipient Scott Hetsko Is LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST

GIFT OF LIFE STORIES: Heart Recipient Scott Hetsko Is LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST

After struggling for six years with a heart condition and being hospitalized for three months, the popular News 8 Rochester meteorologist is grateful every day for his donor who gave him a second chance. Scott and the entire team at News 8 are now...
EVENTS: Honoring Those Who Passed Life On, and New York's Day-Long Donor Registry Drive

EVENTS: Honoring Those Who Passed Life On, and New York's Day-Long Donor Registry Drive

Celebrations of Life events were held in the Syracuse and Rochester regions to honor organ, eye and tissue donors. And New York State's first-ever organ donor enrollment day received the backing of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Partners Newsletter – Spring 2015

Partners Newsletter – Spring 2015

This edition includes a note of thanks for your efforts to promote organ donation during National Donate Life Month; two donor families share why they are grateful to hospital staff; we explain who should talk to families about donation, and how the donor...
GIFT OF LIFE STORIES: From Donor Families to Hospital Staff, Messages of Appreciation

GIFT OF LIFE STORIES: From Donor Families to Hospital Staff, Messages of Appreciation

Donor families often tell us how deeply they appreciate the compassionate care given by hospital staff as they were coming to terms with the loss of their loved ones, and the possibility of organ donation. Now, we want to share their messages of appreciation...
BEST PRACTICES: Who Should Talk to Families About Donation?  Why a Collaborative Approach Plan With FLDRN Is So Important

BEST PRACTICES: Who Should Talk to Families About Donation? Why a Collaborative Approach Plan With FLDRN Is So Important

Many things should be considered before speaking with families about organ donation. Approaching families about donation too soon or without authorization from FLDRN can lead to misunderstandings or an uninformed response. The best practice? When the...
A TRANSPLANT SURGEON'S POEM: Comparing the Gift of Life and Transplantation to the Seasons, and Spring's Renewal

A TRANSPLANT SURGEON'S POEM: Comparing the Gift of Life and Transplantation to the Seasons, and Spring's Renewal

When it came time to prepare his remarks for Upstate University Hospital's National Donate Life Month celebration, Dr. Vaughn Whittaker wanted to do something a bit different. Whittaker, a kidney transplant surgeon, enjoys writing poetry and says...
Announcing Several FLDRN Staff Appointments

Announcing Several FLDRN Staff Appointments

Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network has announced a number of additions and changes to its staff. The appointments include that of Nancy Ryan who is promoted as the organ procurement organization's first head of marketing and community relations. ...
SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION: What You Need to Know About the 1-800 Donor Hotline

SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION: What You Need to Know About the 1-800 Donor Hotline

Ever wondered who you were speaking to when calling the 1-800 donor hotline? Here is the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY and HOW of making the donor referral.
Partners Newsletter - Early Spring 2014

Partners Newsletter - Early Spring 2014

This edition of Partners includes an update about DCD, which now stands for "Donation after Circulatory Death." Find out how FLDRN is updating you on the new DCD guidelines.
SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION: Updates About DCD, "Donation After Circulatory Death"

SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION: Updates About DCD, "Donation After Circulatory Death"

In the past, DCD was the acronym for Donation After Cardiac Death. Now, DCD stands for Donation after Circulatory Death. Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network wants to ensure that our hospital partners are up-to-date with the new DCD guidelines.

DONATION BEST PRACTICES: Q&A – Advice from the Frontline, Three Area Hospitals

Your hospital is ready: staff has been trained and policies are in place. It is always best practice for hospitals, big or small, to be prepared in the event that a patient they are caring for could become an organ donor and help to save others through...
GIFT OF LIFE STORY: Lisa's Long Battle for a New Heart

GIFT OF LIFE STORY: Lisa's Long Battle for a New Heart

How many recipients can tell the story that while critically ill and hospitalized for months awaiting a heart transplant they were given a “half-day pass” to attend an only child’s wedding ceremony? Incredibly, that's what happened to Lisa Abbey....
QUICK QUIZ: Test Your Organ Donation Knowledge!

QUICK QUIZ: Test Your Organ Donation Knowledge!

Five questions to test your knowledge about organ donation and the organ donation process. What's your score?
Partners Newsletter - Fall 2014

Partners Newsletter - Fall 2014

Get the facts about organ donor registration in Upstate New York. Also, in this edition of Partners, test your knowledge about organ, eye and tissue donation. Find out how management times can be extended by as much as 48 to 72 hours. Read how Fred Knewstub...
QUICK QUIZ: 5 Questions That Emphasize the Urgent Need for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation in New York State

QUICK QUIZ: 5 Questions That Emphasize the Urgent Need for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation in New York State

It only takes a few minutes to test your knowledge on how New York State compares to the rest of the country in terms of registered organ and tissue donors and how many New Yorkers are awaiting life-saving transplants. You might find some of the answers...
SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION: Trends in Extended Donor Management Times

SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION: Trends in Extended Donor Management Times

As the number of patients on the transplant waiting list continues to grow, unfortunately the number of organ donors is not keeping pace. With an emphasis on improving donor outcomes, we have learned that stability can be maintained for 48-72 hours or...
After WAITING FOR 10 MONTHS, Fred Gets a New Heart

After WAITING FOR 10 MONTHS, Fred Gets a New Heart

Fred Knewstub once ran five marathons, several half-marathons and in other endurance runs. Then, when he felt "something like a butterfly" and light headed, he heard the alarming news: He had serious cardiomyopathy causing congestive heart failure.
DONATION BEST PRACTICES: Beyond the Basic Organ Donation In-Service

DONATION BEST PRACTICES: Beyond the Basic Organ Donation In-Service

Nurse Educators at hospitals within the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network service area are breaking out of the norm and creating unique learning opportunities for their critical care nurses to learn about the organ, eye and tissue donation process.
Partners Newsletter - Fall 2013

Partners Newsletter - Fall 2013

The first edition of Partners includes news about a collaborative project at five ICUs at Strong Memorial Hospital and Upstate University Hospital. The project is being undertaken to standardize the donation approach process with families of potential...
SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION: Learning How to Best Introduce the Topic of Donation Requires Collaboration

SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION: Learning How to Best Introduce the Topic of Donation Requires Collaboration

A collaborative is underway between FLDRN and five ICUs at Strong Memorial and Upstate University to standardize the donation approach process and ensure discussions about organ donation are a routine part of end-of-life decision making.
DONATION BEST PRACTICES: The Secret to Successful DNV Accreditation Is Continuous Improvement 365 Days a Year

DONATION BEST PRACTICES: The Secret to Successful DNV Accreditation Is Continuous Improvement 365 Days a Year

An interview with Catherine Stephens, RN, MSN, CNRN, the Patient Service Supervisor in the neuroscience ICU at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.
GIFT OF LIFE STORY: Four-Year-Old Drake Became a Miracle for Others

GIFT OF LIFE STORY: Four-Year-Old Drake Became a Miracle for Others

Jaime Erskine-Pettit is a physician assistant and has worked at the emergency department of Strong Memorial Hospital for about 10 years. Here, Jaime recalls how her young son Drake became an kidney donor. As Jaime says, Drake saved two lives, proving...
Overview of the Donation Process

Overview of the Donation Process

State law and federal medicare rules require hospitals to contact Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN) at or near the time of death of a patient to determine if the patient has potential to donate organs or tissues. We, at FLDRN, work closely...

Working With Families of Potential Donors

Clear communication with the family or next-of-kin is essential to helping them understand brain death and their options for organ donation. We work collaboratively with the medical and nursing teams to facilitate and coordinate this communication.
VIDEO: Considering the Gift of Life

VIDEO: Considering the Gift of Life

This video addresses the prevailing misconception related to organ donation that medical care may be compromised if doctors and nurses know the patient has enrolled to be an organ donor.
INTERVIEW With Kate Mitchell, a Clinical Educator, Who Says: "My Sister’s Transplant Was a Miracle!"

INTERVIEW With Kate Mitchell, a Clinical Educator, Who Says: "My Sister’s Transplant Was a Miracle!"

A critical care expert and sister of a liver transplant recipient explains why healthcare professionals should embrace organ donation.

  • Pass Life On!

    Document your wishes about organ donation and join the New York State Donate Life Registry

  • Facts About Organ Donation

    • If you are sick or injured and admitted to a hospital, the FIRST PRIORITY for emergency physicians and nurses is to SAVE YOUR LIFE, regardless of whether or not you have registered to be an organ donor.
    • Everyone waiting for a transplant is treated fairly and with respect. Objective medical criteria determine how donated organs are allocated to patients on the transplant waiting list.
    • All major religions approve of organ donation.
    • Check out "10 Facts About Organ Donation"

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