After a Donor

While the outcome of organ donation is positive – a second chance at life for one or more of the thousands of people on the waitlist – the experiences leading up to saving those lives can be complicated and challenging. PNTB coordinators understand better than most that it is not just the families of our donor patients who are struggling with overwhelming emotions and difficult decisions. We recognize that hospital staff are also often confronted with their own beliefs, grief, fatigue and uncertainty about job responsibilities when working with our team and organ donation patients. Our goal is to be available to assist, support and help direct organ donor care teams not only while we are onsite managing a donation case, but also in the days, weeks and months that follow.

PNTB hospital development coordinators follow up with unit managers after every donor case to offer the opportunity to review, provide feedback and answer questions. In addition to opportunities to debrief donation cases in person, you may take an online survey where you can give feedback if you were involved in a donation case or experienced a case in your unit. (The survey can be completely anonymous if you choose.)

We appreciate the continual support provided by hospital staff and recognize that most teams don’t frequently have the opportunity to see firsthand the positive outcome that results from the tragic loss of their patient. As a result, several programs have been developed in collaboration with hospital partners to give staff from donor hospitals an opportunity to understand the value of their hard work and the impact they have on the lives of recipients. The links provided below will provide a synopsis of two of the most commonly implemented programs in PNTB’s service area. We always welcome new ideas and would love the opportunity to partner with you and support the development of future programs. If you have ideas about programs you would like to see in your own hospital, please send an email to pntb@ohsu.edu or call (503) 494-5560 to contact your hospital services coordinator.

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