What Happens Once The Decision To Donate Has Been Made?

Donor evaluation will be required for all families consenting to donation. The testing includes an extensive medical and social history and multiple laboratory tests to rule out the possibility of infection or other problems that may prevent transplantation. Hepatitis and AIDS screening are routinely performed on all donors. Families requesting results of these tests should discuss this with their transplant coordinator.

While testing is being done, the person must be maintained on the ventilator until after the organs are recovered. This may take several hours. Recipients are then located and transplant teams assembled.

Physicians in the operating room perform recovery of the organs. Your loved one is treated with respect and dignity the entire time. The transplant coordinator notifies you once the procedure is completed. Decisions not to donate are honored and respected. Your physician and hospital personnel help you with further arrangements.