[Impact of the Hospital Coordinator Program on obtaining kidneys for renal transplantation]. Article

Milanés, CL, Almao, RR, Pastor-Leal, J et al. (1995). [Impact of the Hospital Coordinator Program on obtaining kidneys for renal transplantation]. . INVESTIGACION CLINICA, 36(4), 197-206.

cited authors

  • Milanés, CL; Almao, RR; Pastor-Leal, J; Martínez, E; Martínez, L; Salgado, O; Fernández, A; Maldonado, G; García-Zozaya, JL; Weisinger, J



  • Limited organ supply is currently the major obstacle to the transplantation programs around the world. As an alternative to increase the organ donation rate, we undertook a preliminary transplant coordinator program study, during a 6 month period, in five public hospitals, as part of the National Transplant Program of the Centro Nacional de Diálisis y Trasplante. The primary objective of the Transplant Coordinator Program was donor detection and organ procurement, along with education of the community. Forty five predonors were detected, with an average age of 25.8 +/- 1.6 years, of these, 36 were men (80%). None of them was a voluntary donor. The most frequent diagnoses were cranial trauma in 57.8% and stroke in 22.2% Forty two percent (42.3%) of the predonors were detected in the emergency room, 33.3% in intensive care units and 24.4% in the surgery recovery room. The conversion rate of predonors to donors were 29%. The main causes for not conversion of predonors into donors were: family refusal 44%, sepsis 13%, cardiac arrest 13%, and reduced renal function 6%. In conclusion, the Transplant Coordinator Program allows to increase the predonor detection and gives good information for adequate management of donor and public educational campaign about the subject.

publication date

  • December 1, 1995

published in


  • Adult
  • Female
  • Hospital Administration
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Male
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Evaluation
  • Prospective Studies
  • Tissue Donors
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement
  • Venezuela
  • Workforce


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