Improving the rates of organ donation for transplantation
Lily Mercer Staff nurse, Day Surgery Unit, St Thomas’ Hospital, London
Organ donation is a complex and sensitive area. It is complicated by ethical, legal and social factors, as well as differing views about consent. Although organ donation rates have risen, there continues to be a significant gap between organ supply and demand. Despite previous calls for a change to the opt-in consent system used in England, and the move towards presumed or opt-out consent in Wales, the Organ Donation Taskforce rejected any such policy change in England, in favour of improving the infrastructure and systems surrounding organ donation. This article examines the various systems of consent for organ donation and strategies for improving organ donation rates.
Nursing Standard. 27, 26,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.02.27.26.35.e7147
Received: 10 August 2012
Accepted: 08 November 2012
Published in print: 27 February 2013Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review