Hospitals are required to notify their federally designated organ procurement organizations (OPO) of all deaths and all imminent brain deaths as stipulated in the Hospital Conditions of Participation issued in 1998. The initial call made to CDT, usually by a physician, nursing supervisor or emergency room or intensive care unit nurse, will require the following information:
- patient name
- name and phone number of patient’s next of kin/healthcare proxy (HCP)
- unit where the patient expired
- and the date and time of death
In cases of organ donation, to determine if there are conditions that will preclude donation, we will ask for known past medical/social history, current hospital course, blood culture results and medications the patient received.