This year, The Alliance partnered with the Donor Management Goals (DMG) Workgroup to coordinate the DMG workgroup annual meeting alongside The Alliance 2021 National Donor Management Summit (NDMS). During the Summit, The Alliance promoted the objectives and details of the DMG annual meeting, which is typically held at the end of summer each year. Approximately 85 professionals attended the DMG virtual meeting – an increase from prior years – and included more organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and transplant centers, which benefited from the data-driven discussion.
“Given the similarity in audience and objectives, it made strategic sense to partner with The Alliance during the National Donor Management Summit to coordinate the timing and planning of this annual meeting. It is a priority to ensure the professionals in this community optimize their time during a very busy period,” said Ginny McBride, Executive Director of OurLegacy and Chair of the 2021 Donor Management Goals Workgroup.
On the first day of The Alliance National Donor Management Summit, Dr. Darren Malinoski, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer at Oregon Health and Sciences University, provided background on Donor Management Goals and specific topics to be explored at the annual meeting, which was held the following day.
“We were pleased to include the Donor Management Goals Workgroup with the National Donor Management Summit efforts,” shared Co-Chair of the NDMS Planning Committee, Kelly Ranum. “A focus on these goals is critical to improving results to better serve transplant patients across the country.” Ranum serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA).
Donor Management Goals (DMGs) are a series of endpoints for a period of critical care in which a donor is managed by both a referring facility and an OPO. This approach was created to standardize resuscitation to preserve the option and maximize the value of donations. In the initial management phase, critical care physicians stabilize patients and work with support staff to find potential donors. Once a donor has been identified and authorized, OPO coordinators initiate critical care practices to optimize the function of all potentially transplantable organs, and transplant surgeons evaluate the specific characteristics of the available organs to determine their suitability for transplantation into specific recipients.
Currently, DMGs consist of nine critical care parameters that are observed at four specific time points during the process of donor management, which can last between 12-48 hours. The success of donor management strategies is commonly studied by examining outcomes, including organs transplanted per donor (OTPD), individual organ transplantation rates, and individual organ graft outcomes.