Rates of potential and actual cornea donation in a general hospital: impact of exhaustive death screening and surrogate phone consent.

@article{Geissler2004RatesOP,
  title={Rates of potential and actual cornea donation in a general hospital: impact of exhaustive death screening and surrogate phone consent.},
  author={Alain Geissler and K Paoli and C Maitrejean and Jacques Durand-Gasselin},
  journal={Transplantation proceedings},
  year={2004},
  volume={36 10},
  pages={2894-5}
}
BACKGROUND In France at the end of 2002 the number of patients waiting for corneal grafts exceeded the number performed including the specimens imported from abroad. The major reason for the lack of grafts is that potential donors are not exhaustively identified and surrogate consent is difficult to obtain. This study reports the rates of potential cornea donation in a general French hospital when a transplant coordination team screened all deaths and made extended use of the phone to obtain… CONTINUE READING