Time for determining the diagnosis of brain death and its relation to organ donation

  • Ingrid Gurgel Amorim Onofre Lopes University Hospital (HUOL)
  • Ana Elza Oliveira de Mendonça Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (CCS/UFRN)
  • Izaura Luzia Silvério Freire Nursing School of Natal (EEN/UFRN)
  • Thaiza Teixeira Xavier Nobre Faculty of Health Sciences of Trairí (FACISA/UFRN)
  • Raysa da Silva Dantas
  • Rafael Otávio Bezerra de Morais Agamenon Hospital
  • Érico Gurgel Amorim Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.
  • Paula Andréa Gurgel Amorim Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Vinicius Lino de Sousa Neto Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Belarmino Santos de Sousa Júnior Hospital Universitário Onofre Lopes - HUOL/UFRN

Abstract

This study aimed to identify the time needed for confirmation of brain death and its relation to organ donation. Quantitative, descriptive and retrospective study with 175 patients who had diagnosis of brain death completed between January and December 2013. The time from 11 to 20 hours (38.9%) prevailed, with average of 17.91 hours (SD 17.53). There was significant association between the finding of brain death diagnosis in less than 20 hours and the number of donated livers (P = 0.041). We stress the importance of speeding up the diagnosis of brain death as an important step of the donation process, in order to contribute to realization of transplants.


Key words: Brain Death; Time; Directed Tissue Donation; Nursing.


 

Published
Apr 13, 2017
How to Cite
AMORIM, Ingrid Gurgel et al. Time for determining the diagnosis of brain death and its relation to organ donation. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, apr. 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imedicalsociety.org/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/2252>. Date accessed: 26 may 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/2358.
Section
Internal Medicine & Hospital Medicine