Organ Donation

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I am both a OR nurse and an ICU nurse. When it comes to death and dying and making sure that pts are comfortable, it can quickly become a heated issue. At our hospital, we started participating in DCD cases a few years ago. Many of the anesthesiologists, and other staff members that work here were bothered by the DCD protocol. When these pts family members decide to donate their loved ones organs, the Gift of Life team begins orchestrating where these organs will go. When the time comes, the patient is extubated and we must wait until the patient is asystole. Then the organs may be harvested. Many times the family members are present when extubation occurs. I believe that there is no max to give a pt, I believe it is our duty to make sure that the family is at peace and believes that their loved one is pain free. Having watched a loved one be extubated and pass away, sometimes those first few breaths after extubation can seem strenuous, and painful, they gasp, and cough. Family members deserve to not see a family member suffer. Most of the time the family members are the ones that have made the final decision.

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One Response to “Organ Donation”

  1. Rad Says:

    You could definitely see your expertise in the work you write. The sector hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

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