Education Corner – Communication in Crisis Moments

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Communication in Crisis Moments (Download PDF Version)
Key to safety in crisis moments = Human Connection

What makes people feel unsafe?

  • Unpredictability
  • Unfamiliarity
  • Loss of control
  • Lack of support systems with no outlets for frustration

Physiological responses to emotions – Polyvagal Theory of Emotions (Stephen Porges)

  • Two branches of the vagus nerve:
    • The myelinated vagus branch ...
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Education Corner – 2018 Donate Life Rose Parade Float

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2018 Donate Life Rose Parade Float
  • Donate Life first entered a float in 2004 in the New Year’s Day Rose Parade.
  • The floats – and the donors and recipients they represent – have been honored repeatedly with various Rose Parade awards.
  • The Donate Life float has become a time-honored tradition for the donation and transplantation community.
  • This year’s Rose Parade theme is “Making a Difference.”
The 2018 Donate Life “The Gift of Time” Float

“The Gift of Time”, depicts a vibrantly colored, tropical backdrop that dates ...

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C-Suite Snapshot Series: Legal Aspects of A Registered Donor

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The Alliance is delighted to share the Fall 2017 edition of the hospital C-Suite Snapshot, a one-page e-publication focused on organ, eye, and tissue donation-related topics relevant to hospital administrators. This edition is focused on legal aspects of a registered donor, and what hospital administrators need to know.

Click here to read the latest issue, or visit

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Education Corner – Brain Death Pronouncement

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Brain Death Pronouncement

Summary Points:

  • State legislation provides guidance on requirements for brain death determination.
  • The AAN provides best practice recommendations for the determination process.
  • Ancillary tests are not required by legislation, but should be utilized only when the clinical examination cannot be fully performed or confounders cannot be corrected.
  • Apnea testing is not an ancillary test – it is an essential part of the clinical evaluation, testing brainstem function.

Best practices in pronouncing brain death include following state legislative requirements and the American ...

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Education Corner – Developing Advances in Organ Transplantation: Organ Banking – What is it?

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Developing Advances in Organ Transplantation: Organ Banking – What is it?

A New World?

Imagine a world where no one who needs an organ transplant has to wait for an organ to become available. A transplant in this new world would be a scheduled surgery. Families who want the donation process to occur quickly could easily be accommodated, as the organs can be recovered and banked until the right ...

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Donor intervention strategies have potential to increase number of transplantable organs

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In a recent article published in The Hastings Center Report, the authors assert that “interventional research on deceased organ donors and donor organs prior to transplant holds the promise of reducing the number of patients who die waiting for an organ by expanding the pool of transplantable organs and improving transplant outcomes.” The authors posit, “one of the key challenges researchers face is an assumption that someone who receives an organ that was part of an interventional research ...

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Virtual Journal Club: To Presume Consent or Not to Presume Consent?

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To Presume Consent or Not to Presume Consent? What does the data show? Comparing Organ Donation Rates in “Opt-In” vs. “Opt-Out” Systems

Thomas Mone, MS; CEO OneLegacy, Los Angeles, 2017

Almost every day, somewhere in the world, a news headline calls for countries to adopt Opt-Out organ donation policies. Accompanying the call-to-action, is often a heart-wrenching story of a young child desperately awaiting a lifesaving transplant, or recipients seeking the help of their legislators to modify laws ...

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Education Corner – Communicating CBI / TBI to a Family

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Communicating CBI / TBI to a Family

(CBI / TBI – Catastrophic / Traumatic Brain Injury)

Family Support:
  1. Give frequent updates to family on patient’s condition.
  2. Advocate for family to get questions answered by physicians.
  3. Consult social services / pastoral care / case manager for family support.
  4. Provide and encourage conversations in the family’s preferred language.
  5. Invite family to participate in bedside care (e.g. washing face, applying lotion to hands, etc.).
  6. Encourage personal items in the room (e.g. music, photos, blanket).
  7. Ask family what is most important to them ...
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Education Corner – Supporting Children in Grief & through Donation

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Supporting Children in Grief & through Donation

Supporting children through grief can be a daunting and cause anxiety. Understanding the developmental stages and how to focus the communication can be helpful.

Pace yourself, pause the conversation, and know you can return to this conversation over time.

Developmental Stages & Ages

Birth – 2 Years

  • No understanding of death
  • No words for feelings
  • Notices changes in family emotions and routines

How to help: Meet needs, maintain routines, offer physical contact

3 – 5 Years

  • No ...
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Education Corner – April is National Donate Life Month!

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April is National Donate Life Month!

What is National Donate LIfe Month?

Observed each April, National Donate Life Month (NDLM) features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved and enhanced lives through the gift of donation. Organ procurement organizations, hospital and community partners team up for special events and initiatives to communicate the life-saving and healing power of donation, and the importance ...

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