National Conference on Donation After Cardiac Death (DCD): Specific Actions Proposed for Agencies and Organizations
Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO)
U.S. DHHS Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation
OPTN-United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
affect public perception and damage the understanding and trust of the healthcare system regarding organ donation (Chapter 7).
The committee concurs with the actions recommended in earlier IOM reports (Boxes 5-3 and 5-4) and at the National Conference on Donation after Cardiac Death (Box 5-5) and encourages further efforts to overcome the general inertia regarding the full implementation of the policies and practices that will facilitate and expand DCDD. It will be important to focus on the systems changes at the hospital and the OPO levels and will also require that the public and healthcare professionals be engaged in discussions about the complexities of DCDD.
Several European countries have developed and have used the infrastructures of both the emergency medical services and the transplantation services to provide optimal emergency care and to be available as needed to