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.
Earlier this year, the Organ Procurement Transplant Network (a division of HRSA) instituted some changes to policy language with regards to the organ donation process known as “DCD.”
Of greatest significance is that in the past, DCD was the acronym for Donation After Cardiac Death. Now, DCD stands for Donation after Circulatory Death.
The objectives of the revisions were to change cardiac death to circulatory death, due to previous recovery and successful transplantation of two pediatric hearts; more clearly define the roles and responsibilities of the OPO and hospital staff; and to provide language to address DCD cases in the neurologically intact patient (ex. high cervical spine injury).
Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network wants to ensure that our hospital partners are up-to-date with the new DCD guidelines. We are pleased to offer a variety of services as described here, so that hospitals remain compliant.
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Snapshot of the Policy Changes to “DCD” – Plus a Helpful Refresher
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- FLDRN will provide hospital liaisons a 30 minute webinar explaining the changes to DCD.
- Each webinar will be followed by a question/answer session.
- The same webinar will be offered two times to accommodate busy schedules: Friday May 9, 2014 at 8 a.m. and Tuesday May 13 at 2 p.m.
- We encourage our liaisons to participate in one of these webinars as it will provide a step-by-step guide to complying with the changes.
- Within the next week, a “Go-To Meeting” invitation will be e-mailed directly to liaisons with the log-on information for the webinars.
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