Donation & Transplantation Symposium October 23, 2019 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Our symposium is designed to educate and update health care professionals in the area of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, attendees are exposed to best practices and current ethical, legal, and medical issues related to donation and transplantation. This conference is aimed towards critical care nurses, OR nurses, ER nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, palliative care specialists, chaplains, hospital administrators, and physicians.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the symposium, the participants are able to:
  • Identify current ethical, legal, and medical issues related to the care of critically ill or injured patients who are candidates for organ and tissue donation.
  • Articulate an accurate understanding of the referral, recovery, and allocation process.
  • Identify best practice guidelines for effective donor management prior to and after brain death declaration.
  • Identify the key roles of the ICU nursing staff, the DonorConnect staff, and the critical care medical staff in the management of potential organ and tissue donors.
  • Articulate an accurate understanding of the issues related to when a person is clinically dead and organ donation after circulatory death (DCD).
  • Describe the methods being used to decrease the number of deaths on the waiting list.
  • Describe the unique differences between the determinations of brain death in adults vs. children.
  • Develop an better understanding of the donation process from both the donor family’s and the recipient’s point of view.