Designated Requestor Rule
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that families be approached about donation by an officially designated requestor. CDT staff are the only designated requestors trained to offer the donation option to the family under CMS guidelines.
An unplanned or untimely request for donation could lead to confusion and misunderstanding by the family, and could be misconstrued as being related to the patient’s death. An unplanned approach may also offer families an option they do not have due to organ suitability.
A huddle and planned approach foster collaboration between the care team and CDT, ensuring effective communication which leads to better family support and an effective method for introducing donation.