Vorstius Kruijff P.E.,Amphia Teaching Hospital |
Jansen N.E.,Dutch Transplant Foundation |
Muitjens B.S.M.,Radboud University Nijmegen |
Blok-Singerling J.G.C.,Bronovo Non Teaching Hospital |
And 3 more authors.
Cell and Tissue Banking | Year: 2014
Nowadays, the demand for tissue transplantation has significantly increased. To optimize donor recruitment, the potential availability of tissue donors has to be evaluated. In 2011 we conducted a cohort study in three Dutch hospitals in the Netherlands. The potential amount of eligible tissue donors found, based on medical records in these hospitals is compared to the physician's donation form report. In total 1,342 patient records were analysed. From these records, the donation officers considered 484 patients as a potential tissue donor (36.1 %). Despite the absence of contra-indication, the physician did not recognise 25 % (n = 123/484) of potential tissue donors. Physicians' lack of sufficient knowledge of tissue donation was the main cause of adequately identifying tissue donors. A higher percentage of tissue donors in these Dutch hospitals should be feasible through creating awareness and education regarding tissue donation. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. Source