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REFERRALS

Number of eligible DBD and

DCD donors whose family were

approached

Number of families authorising

donation

DBD and DCD combined rate (%)

AUTHORISATION

• Since 2013/14 there has been a

23% increase

in the number of DBD

referrals. 2016/17 saw the

highest

ever

number of DBD referrals to

the donation service; however, 4

potential DBD donors were

not

referred to the service.

• Although DCD referrals have increased

over the last 4 year period, the

number of referrals actually

fell by

32

last year.

31 potential DCD donors

were not

referred to the service. The

decrease in referrals can also be partly

attributed to patients with catastrophic

brain injuries progressing to a death

diagnosis through neurological criteria

and a reduction in patients who met

referral criteria.

• The NHS Organ Donor Register must

always be checked by a Specialist

Nurse for Organ Donation

prior

to

approaching a family about donation.

• Acceptance criteria for organs changes

frequently and can depend on how sick

someone is on the transplant waiting

list.

If in doubt as to whether to refer

a patient

, contact the Specialist Nurse

for Organ Donation on

07659 594979

.

• More families than ever before were

approached and went on to authorise

donation, meaning more organs became

available for transplant.

• The combined authorisation rate for

DCD and DBD

increased

to

63.2%

.

• This is the highest it has been since

records began; however it is far short

of the ambitious target Scotland has

set to increase authorisation rates from

78% to

85%

(DBD) and from 53% to

80%

(DCD) by 2020.

• Unless there is a

revolution in attitudes

to organ donation

, people on the

transplant waiting lists will continue

to die. Last year

10 families overturned

their loved one’s decisions to donate

.

That’s why it’s vital families discuss

organ donation and make their decision

known so that it can be honoured in the

event of their death.

88

97

162

213

Donation after Brainstem Death (DBD)

Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD)

310 333 381 373

61.6%

53.9%

57.1%

63.2%

245

216

252

132

133

144

2013/14 2014/15 2015/16

2016/17

2013/14 2014/15 2015/16

2016/17

103

207

120

213

127

246

103

278

269

170