Donor management in cardiac transplantation.

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Source
Can J Cardiol. 2002 Nov;18(11):1217-23
Publication Type
Article
Date
Nov-2002
Author
Diego H Delgado
Vivek Rao
Heather J Ross
Author Affiliation
Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
Source
Can J Cardiol. 2002 Nov;18(11):1217-23
Date
Nov-2002
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Brain Death - physiopathology
Canada
Heart Transplantation
Humans
Tissue Donors - statistics & numerical data
Tissue and Organ Procurement
Abstract
The most important limitation in organ transplantation is donor availability. Canada is facing a serious situation with respect to organ donation rates and transplantation. The number of patients listed for heart transplant continues to increase while the number of available donors has plateaued. Several steps can be taken to address this growing mismatch. The proper identification and assessment of potential donors together with improvements in medical management may increase the donor pool. Additionally, the use of marginal donors and the development of new organ preservation techniques may lead to an increase in the number of potential heart transplants in Canada. This paper summarizes the identification, evaluation and management of heart transplant donors, and defines strategies to improve procurement activity in heart transplantation.
PubMed ID
12464986 View in PubMed
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