Glossary Term

DCD

Donation after Circulatory Death

Donation after Circulatory Death
Recovery of organs and or tissues from a donor whose heart has irreversibly stopped beating, previously referred to as non-heart-beating or asystolic donation.
(OPTN Glossary May 2021)

Organ recovery process that occurs following death by irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions. A DCD donor may also be called a non-heart beating, asystolic, or donation after circulatory determination of death. (Organ Toolbox Workgroup , 2018 & Community Hospital Resource Guide Workgroup, 2019 and Terminology & Data Resources May 2021)

Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD) describes the organ recovery process that may occur following death by irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions. A DCD donor may also be called a non-heartbeating, asystolic, or donation after cardiac death donor. (OPTN Policy Definitions May 2021)

Alternative Term: Non-heartbeating Donor (NHD)

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