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Abstracts on Key Issues in Organ Donation Shared Virtually at 2021 National Donor Management Summit


A team of researchers from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) submitted the top abstract at The Alliance 2021 National Donor Management Summit. By a combined vote of meeting attendees and the summit planning committee, the winning submission was Organ Yield of Normothermic Machine Perfusion Procurement of DCD Hearts,” by Katrina Gauntt (Research Analyst, UNOS) with support from Dr. Bob Carrico (Director of Research UNOS) and Dr. David Klassen (Medical Director, UNOS).

Other abstracts that were submitted and presented during an interactive “talk back” session at the Summit include:

Initial Approach of Families Using Telehealth
Natasha Ansari, MSN, RN, PhD Student
University of Utah College of Nursing

The Impact of COVID-19 on OPO Referrals and Donation
Michelle Gilbert, BS, MBA, CTBS; Alexis Ivey;  and Ariana Lopez

COVID-19 Supply Shortage
Patrick Patten

Case Study: Pushing the Age Limits for Patients Meeting Donation after Circulatory Death Criteria
Elizabeth Peatee, MSBS, CPTC; and Abigail Soor, MSBS, CPTC
Gift of Life Michigan

Vasopressor Selection During Critical Care Management of Brain Dead Organ Donors and the Effects on Kidney Graft Function
Elizabeth Swanson, MD, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University

Critical Care Management of Deceased Organ Donors Impacts Donor Heart Utilization and Recipient Graft Survival
Elizabeth Swanson, MD, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University

All of the abstracts can be viewed here.

The Alliance invited organ donation and transplant professionals to submit research and non-research projects for the virtual abstract presentation to provide visibility and recognition of the outstanding work being done across the country and to create opportunities for wider implementation of effective practices.

This year’s National Donor Management Summit focused on “new world changes,” current issues and innovative trends impacting the organ donation community by identifying challenges and highlighting opportunities to maximize every donation opportunity to heal more lives.

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