Resident Curriculum Unit 2: Organ Procurement

Unit Objectives

I. Understand the moral, ethical and legal issues and steps involved in determining brain death.
II. Understand the moral, ethical and legal issues and steps involved in live organ donation.
III. Describe the basic assessment of the medical, laboratory, and anatomic characteristics of a potential organ donor (live or deceased), the quality of a donor organ, and its suitability for a given recipient.
IV. Outline in detail the procedure to safely recover abdominal organs from deceased donors, including those for donation after cardiac death (DCD).
V. Understand the recovery processes for living donor organs and describe the steps necessary to perform relevant organ specific recovery (liver, kidney, or pancreas).
VI. Outline the basic principles and limits of organ preservation and be familiar with organ preservation techniques, including pulsatile perfusion.