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Organ donation and transplantation

Alison Sweet Senior Staff Nurse, A&E Dept, Guy's Hospital, London

Alison Sweet considers the issues around the sensitive area of organ donation and transplantation, and the role of A&E staff

Organ donation and transplantation are highly controversial and emotive areas of nursing (1). Nonetheless, sudden death is a continual issue in the A&E department, thus creating a potential source of donors for transplantation purposes (2). This article will consider what organs would be suitable for retrieval in A&E, what appears to be restricting this process, and means of improving the rate of retrieval.

Emergency Nurse. 3, 4, 6-9. doi: 10.7748/en.3.4.6.s2

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