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Understanding Organ and Tissue Donation - The GIVE Trigger

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For those Australians facing chronic illness, disability and death, organ and tissue donation is a well-established means of effective treatment. Yet, despite recent advances and reforms that have resulted in strong growth in donation rates, the demand for donors continues to exceed availability.

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For those Australians facing chronic illness, disability and death, organ and tissue donation is a well-established means of effective treatment. Yet, despite recent advances and reforms that have resulted in strong growth in donation rates, the demand for donors continues to exceed availability. Transplantable organs can be the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas and pancreas islet, and possible donation tissues include heart valves and other heart tissue, musculoskeletal tissue, skin and parts of the eye. Nurses have the power and responsibility to be an advocate for their patients and their loved ones, as well as future donor recipients, by knowing when to refer any potential donors on to relevant teams.

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Natalie Burke
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Natalie is a Critical Care Registered Nurse who started off her nursing career in a rural setting before migrating back to Melbourne where she now works in a busy Emergency Department. Natalie comes from a science background, holding a Bachelor of Science (BSc) with majors in anatomy and physiology, before deciding to change career paths into nursing. She undertook a Master of Nursing Practice (MNP) and has never looked back, going on to complete her Graduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing and developing a keen interest for trauma assessment and management.
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Kate Clifton-Cook
04 Apr 2020
This is a very basic overview, and I would suggest it needs to be updated. It also states that eye, bone and skin tissue can take place up to 99 years of age. This is incorrect as E, MS and S donations are excluded past the age of 90, due to viability of recovered tissue.
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