Although a shortage of organ donors is a continuing global problem in health care, obtaining authorization for donation after an individual experiences a traumatic nonsurvivable event can be difficult.
To improve organ donation practices at a level II trauma center.
After reviewing trauma mortality cases and performance improvement metrics with their organ procurement organization’s hospital liaison, leaders at the trauma center implemented a multidisciplinary performance improvement initiative to engage the facility’s donation advisory committee, provide education for staff members, and increase program visibility to create a more donation-friendly culture for the facility.
The initiative led to an improved donation conversion rate and a greater number of organs procured. Continued education increased staff and provider awareness of organ donation, contributing to the positive outcomes.
A multidisciplinary initiative that includes continuing staff education can improve organ donation practices and program visibility, ultimately benefiting patients in need of organ transplantation.