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Fifteen-minute consultation: Paediatric organ and tissue donation
  1. Anju Singh1,
  2. Angie Scales2,
  3. Reinout Mildner1,3
  1. 1Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2NHS Blood and Transplant, NHS Blood and Transplant Organ Donation and Transplantation Directorate, Bristol, UK
  3. 3NHS Blood and Transplant Organ Donation and Transplantation Directorate, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anju Singh, Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham B15 2TG, UK; anjusingh{at}nhs.net

Abstract

This article explores ways in which paediatricians can help increase awareness and embed organ and tissue donation in the end-of-life care process. This can save patient lives on the organ transplant waiting list, many of whom currently die prematurely. The information benefits multidisciplinary staff including doctors, nurses and allied professionals to (1) recognise triggers for making referral to the specialist nurse for organ donation in order to make timely assessment for suitability for organ and/or tissue donation, (2) plan a multidisciplinary approach for families to make decisions for the gift of life and (3) help provide on-going support to families and staff.

  • mortality
  • palliative care
  • ethics
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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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