Is Organ Donation From Brain Dead Donors Reaching an Inescapable and Desirable Nadir?

Erwin J.O. Kompanje, Yorick J. de Groot, Jan Bakker
2011 Transplantation  
The brain dead patient is the ideal multiorgan donor. Conversely, brain death (BD) is an undesirable outcome of critical care medicine. Conditions that can lead to the state of BD are limited. An analysis showed that a (aneurysmal) subarachnoid hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, or intracerebral hemorrhage in 83% precede the state of BD. Because of better prevention and treatment options, we should anticipate on an inescapable and desirable decline of BD. In this article, we offer arguments
more » ... this statement and discuss alternatives to maintain a necessary level of donor organs for transplantation.
doi:10.1097/tp.0b013e3182180567 pmid:21494178 fatcat:bkvc4hydzrh4hdw6a5ylit6caa