Functional assessment and management of heart donors: a rationale for characterization and a guide to therapy.

@article{Potter1995FunctionalAA,
  title={Functional assessment and management of heart donors: a rationale for characterization and a guide to therapy.},
  author={Christian R. De Potter and Dereck Ronald Wheeldon and John A. Wallwork},
  journal={The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation},
  year={1995},
  volume={14 1 Pt 1},
  pages={
          59-65
        }
}
BACKGROUND Traditional methods for the functional evaluation of a donor heart have relied on superficial hemodynamic data and visual inspection of the action of the heart at sternotomy. The International Registry has continued to report significant mortality for heart transplant recipients from primary graft dysfunction that may be due to donor management, donor organ selection, organ preservation, or recipient factors. The literature reports the loss of at least 25% of potential donors because… CONTINUE READING

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