The potential of cardiac allografts from donors after cardiac death at the University of Wisconsin Organ Procurement Organization

  • Osaki S
  • Anderson J
  • Johnson M
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Objective: The purpose of this study is to investigate the potential availability of hearts from adult donation after cardiac death (DCD) donors within an acceptable hypoxic period. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed a donor database from the University of Wisconsin Organ Procurement Organization Donor Tracking System between 2004 and 2006. The DCD population (n = 78) was screened using our inclusion criteria for DCD cardiac donor suitability, including warm ischaemic time (WIT) limit of 30 min. In the same period, 70 hearts were donated from brain-dead donors. Results: Of 78 DCD donors, 12 (15%) met our proposed DCD cardiac donor criteria. The mean WIT of these 12 DCD donors was 21 min (range 14-29 min). When inclusion criteria are further narrowed to (1) age

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  • Brain-dead donor
  • Donation after cardiac death
  • Heart transplantation
  • Warm ischaemic injury

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  • Satoru Osaki

  • James E. Anderson

  • Maryl R. Johnson

  • Niloo M. Edwards

  • Takushi Kohmoto

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