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Neurointensive Care - Capability Levels and Curriculum Reference for Stages 1-3

Organ Donation

Published on 18 March, 2022

Last modified on September 29th, 2023

Curriculum Reference

13.14.11 Liaises with transplant services when appropriate, can perform Brain stem death testing and provides the physiological support of the donor.

14.14.2 Explains the physiological and pharmacological requirements for the clinical management of the patient for organ donation.

HiLLO 8: Doctors specialising in Intensive Care Medicine will understand and manage the physical and psychosocial consequences of critical illness for patients and their families, including providing pain relief, treating delirium and arranging ongoing care and rehabilitation. They will also manage the withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, discussing end of life care with patients and their families and facilitating organ donation where appropriate.


Perioperative management of the organ donor after diagnosis of death using neurological criteria – BJA Education

A new heart for organ donation after circulatory death – BJA Education

Treatment withdrawal and end-of-life care in the intensive care unit – BJA Education

National Guidance/Standards

NICE Guidance – Organ donation for transplantation: improving donor identification and consent rates for deceased organ donation

NICE Guidance – Care of dying adults in the last days of life


ESICM – How to optimise the management of the organ donor

RCoA Audit Compendium

9.11 End of life care

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