Notice of server maintenance. Membership dues payment will be offline for 24 hours. Check back on Thursday afternoon if you wish to pay your dues.

2013 - ISODP 2013 Congress

Oral Presentation 5 on DCD Programs 2

12.1 - Over 1,400 DCD Organs Transplanted in 18 Years: An Effective Organ Procurement Organization's DCD Program Increases the Donor Pool

Presenter: Howard, Nathan, Philadelphia, United States
Authors: Howard M. Nathan, Richard D. Hasz, John D. Abrams, Sharon M. West, Michael J. Moritz, MD

Over 1,400 DCD Organs Transplanted in 18 Years: An Effective Organ Procurement Organization's DCD Program Increases the Donor Pool

Howard M. Nathan1, Richard D. Hasz1, John D. Abrams1, Sharon M. West1, Michael J. Moritz, MD1

1Gift of Life Donor Program, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Aim: Demonstrate an effective DCD program increases organ donor pool & provides lifesaving transplants to those on the waiting list.

Methods:  A single OPO, multi-center study evaluating the recovery & utilization of DCD donor organs. Ongoing hospital education on early referral & DCD protocols were initiated prior to DCD donor recoveries. Transplant outcomes were evaluated using the Kaplan-Meier method.

Results: Since implementation of its DCD program (Jun 1995 - Dec 2012), OPO has procured 806 DCD organ donors. DCDs increased the donor pool by 13% resulting in the transplant of 1,468 organs. Mean donor age was 39 yrs (r = 0.5-76). Mean time from donor extubation to cross-clamp, or warm ischemic time (WIT), for kidneys transplanted (n=1,272) was 32 minutes (r = 2-214). Mean WIT for livers transplanted (n=175) was 19 minutes (r = 2-69). Of the 806 DCD organ donors, 658 (82%) were Maastricht Category 3; 74 were Category 2; & 74 were Category 4. Kidney ATN rate was 46% & kidney graft survival was 86% at 1 yr, 75% at 3 yrs & 64% at 5 yrs. Liver graft survival was 72% at 1 yr, 63% at 3 yrs & 56% at 5 yrs.


Conclusion: An effective DCD program and clinical practice can lead to an increase in the availability of transplantable organs.  Properly implemented OPO donor referral protocols can result in an increase in procurement of DCD organ donors.  Further research should be considered to identify ways to increase DCD liver, lung and pancrease utilization.

Figure 1

You must be logged in to view recordings

Important Disclaimer

By viewing the material on this site you understand and accept that:

  1. The opinions and statements expressed on this site reflect the views of the author or authors and do not necessarily reflect those of The Transplantation Society and/or its Sections.
  2. The hosting of material on The Transplantation Society site does not signify endorsement of this material by The Transplantation Society and/or its Sections.
  3. The material is solely for educational purposes for qualified health care professionals.
  4. The Transplantation Society and/or its Sections are not liable for any decision made or action taken based on the information contained in the material on this site.
  5. The information cannot be used as a substitute for professional care.
  6. The information does not represent a standard of care.
  7. No physician-patient relationship is being established.

Our Corporate Sponsors

TTS gratefully acknowledges the Corporate Partners whose generous support makes the work of the Society possible:

  • astellas
  • roche
  • sanofi