EDTCO Organ Donation Meeting

Donation at the End of Life: Routine rather than Exception

09:00 – 16:00 EDTCO Organ Donation Meeting

Session 1: Donation at the end of life: what do we do well and what could we do better?

CHAIRS: Julien Charpentier, Paris, France
Carl-Ludwig Fischer-Fröhlich, Stuttgart, Germany

09:00     Lessons learned from ACCORD
             Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, Madrid, Spain
             Paul Murphy, Leeds, United Kingdom

09:20     Engaging intensive care professionals in deceased donation: What can the transplant community do?
             Axel Rahmel, DSO, Germany

09:35     What can professional societies do?
             Jacques Duranteau, Paris, France -European Society of Intensive Care Medicine

09:50     What can individuals do?
             Stephan Eschertzhuber, Innsbruck, Austria

10:05 – 10:25      Audience and speakers discussion


10:25 – 10:40      Coffee Break


Session 2: Family approach: theory into practice

CHAIRS: Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, Madrid, Spain
              Dagmar Vernet, Bern, Switzerland

Family approach: the way I do it when…

10:40     Brain death criteria are met
             Paolo Maia, Porto, Portugal

10:55     Brain death is expected, but has not occurred yet
             Teresa Pont, Barcelona, Spain

11:10     Circulatory death is expected to occur following the Withdrawal of Life Sustaining Treatment (Controlled DCD)
             Tineke Wind, Maastricht, The Netherlands

11:25     Unexpected circulatory death occurs following unsuccessful cardiopulmonary resuscitation (Uncontrolled DCD)
             Anna Faucher, Metz, France

11:40 - 12:00       Audience and speakers discussion


12:00 – 13:00      Lunch Break


Session 3: The Moral Maze: Upholding the overall best interests of the dying patient

CHAIRS: Bernadette Haase, Leiden, The Netherlands
              Dirk Ysebaert, Antwerp, Belgium

13:00     Is it ethically and legally defensible to overrule the expressed consent of the dying patient to be an organ donor?
             For: Michael Bos, The Hague, The Netherlands
             Against: David Shaw, Glasgow, United Kingdon

13:20-13:35         Audience and speakers discussion

13:35     Is ethically and legally defensible to initiate and continue active treatment beyond futility to incorporate the option of organ donation in the end-of-life care pathway?
             For:  Dale Gardiner, Nottingham, United Kingdom
             Against: Julien Charpentier, Paris, France

13:55 - 14:10       Audience and speakers discussion


14:10 – 14:25      Coffee Break


Session 4: How can we raise awareness and engage society and the public in the deceased organ donation debate?

CHAIRS: Lisa Burnapp, London, United Kingdom
              David Paredes, Barcelona, Spain

14:25     Advertising for donation after death: what makes a difference?
             Jeantine Reiger,  NTS, The Netherlands

Social media: do the benefits outweigh the risks in engaging the public?           

14:50     Patient perspective
             Nicholas Palmer, Head of Advocacy at the National Kidney Federation

15:00     Donor family perspective
             Tim Overdiek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

15:10     Healthcare professional perspective
             Carl-Ludwig Fischer-Fröhlich, Stuttgart, Germany

15:20     Journalist perspective
             Melissa Thermidor, Community and Content Manager, NHS Blood and Transplant, United Kingdom


15:30 – 16:00      Audience and panel discussion




EDTCO in pills:
EDTCO is a section within ESOT dedicated to donation and procurement activities

- Increase organ and tissue availability
- Ensure the quality and safety of organs and tissues for transplantation
- Optimise the safety of living donors and care for deceased donors and their relatives
- Optimise potential recipient care and follow-up through effective clinical coordination

To establish clinically effective programmes in organ and tissue donation, procurement and transplantation by supporting and representing all healthcare professionals involved in the process.

To promote better understanding of the barriers to deceased donation
- To develop knowledge and skills in end of life care, donor management and family support
- To enhance collaboration between healthcare professionals working in the fields of intensive care medicine and organ and tissue donation

Target audience:
Healthcare professionals involved in intensive care and emergency medicine, end of life care, organ and tissue donation and coordination.
Patient, family and society representatives, EU commissioners and political representatives



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