Death and Donation in Critical Care: Management of Deceased Organ Donation

  • Paul G. Murphy
Part of the Competency-Based Critical Care book series (CBCC)


The ever-widening gap between the demand for organ transplantation and the supply of cadaveric solid organs in the United Kingdom is well-recognized (Saving lives, valuing donors. A transplant framework for England 2003 ); (Organs for Transplants. A Report from the Organ Donation Taskforce 2008 ); (Fig. 13.1 ). Despite widespread public support for donation after death, the number of cadaveric solid organ donors each year remains static and inadequate, with the brainstem dead donor pool continuing to be the primary source for such organs (Table 13.1 ) (, even though there is now strong evidence that successful retrieval from individuals who have suffered a cardiac death is technically possible, socially acceptable, and morally endorsable.


Brain Death Donation After Cardiac Death Intensive Care Society Organ Retrieval Deceased Organ 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul G. Murphy
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  1. 1.Department of AnaesthesiaLeeds General Infirmary Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustLeedsUK

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