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Organ Donation: Experience in the Maintenance of a Brain-Dead Donor

Petra Urbič Jurak ; Zdravilišče Rogaška, Zdravstvo d.o.o., Rogaška Slatina, Slovenija
Andrej Starc ; Fakultet zdravstvenih studija, Katedra za javno zdravstvo, Sveučilište u Ljubljani, Ljubljana, Slovenija

Puni tekst: engleski pdf 2.229 Kb

str. 15-27

preuzimanja: 318



Brain death is an irreversible biological event, and is the permanent cessation of functions of the brain and brainstem. Transplantation has become an established method of treatment of many, near-terminal patients.

The sample consisted of three groups: doctors, registered nurses, and nursing assistants. The research was carried out in the Intensive Care Unit of the University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Department of An-
aesthesiology and Surgical Intensive Therapy Department and at the Clinical Department of Vascular Neurology and Intensive Neurological Therapy. Data were collected using a questionnaire and semi-structured interviews.

Women experience more stress when working with brain-dead donors than men do. We conclude that the work with a brain-dead organ donor represents a specific situation and has little in common with the factors that affect the overall satisfaction of health-care professionals. Healthcare professionals who are undecided about the donation of their own organs are against organ donation in general. It has been shown that there is a lack of education and communication on the maintenance of brain-dead donors.

Work with brain-dead donors is almost routine work in intensive care units. Some healthcare professionals perceive a brain-dead organ donor like any other patient, but within a defined protocol.

Ključne riječi

brain death, transplantation activity, brain-dead organ donor, stress, experiences of health professionals

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