Organ procurement: Spanish transplant procurement management

Martí Manyalich, Carlos A Mestres, Chloë Ballesté, Gloria Páez, Ricard Valero, María Paula Gómez
Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals 2011, 19 (3-4): 268-78
Transplantation is an accepted therapeutic option to save or improve the quality of life when organ failure occurs or tissue replacements are needed. However, the lack of organs is the major limitation. The deceased organ procurement organization and professionals provide the solution to this international problem. In this review, we identify the elements involved in the organ procurement management process to analyze the possibility of implementation of deceased organ procurement for a transplantation program. While the donation rates are subject to several negative factors including religious, economic, cultural, and legal issues, the existence of well-trained professionals may considerably increase them. Professional training in organ donation along with the establishment of a solid organizational system has been identified as the crucial factor in developing efficient organ donation and transplantation programs.

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