Key to success in improving donation and transplantation practices is COLLABORATION. The Alliance, through our National Donor Management Summit and National Critical Issues Forum create an “all teach, all learn” environment to facilitate collaboration and the sharing of successful practices as well as lessons learned through unsuccessful initiatives.

To facilitate ongoing collaboration and sharing of these successful practices and lessons learned in between the in-person events, we invite past summit and forum attendees and other OPO, transplant and healthcare professionals to share your stories by following the guidelines below and clicking on the blue button on the right to complete your submission.

Criteria for story submission:
  • Content: Share a successful practice you developed or a practice you attempted but was not successful and others can learn from your experience.
  • Word Limit: 350-400 words
  • Format: Background, Purpose, Method, Outcome & Discussion, Recommendation
  • If applicable, you are welcome to attach a tool or resource that was developed as part of the initiative.


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National Critical Issues Forum Commitment Follow-Up
Shared by Sherry Tenge, RN, BSN
Clinical Transplant Programs Manager
SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

“Application of Behavioral Economics” Commitment Summary:
“Commit to teach my coordinators not to present biased information first when reviewing organ offers with on-call surgeon. i.e. don’t start with “we are sequence #300 or #3 local centers have coded out” etc. This will encourage evidenced based decision-making vs biased decision-making”

Since The National Critical Issues Forum “Disrupting the Status Quo” meeting in October, 2016, I have met with my seasoned coordinators on multiple occasions coaching them on how to present an offer that is un-biased and is instead fact-based to the on-call surgeon. At our center, the coordinators take donor net call and are responsible for presenting all offers to surgeons.
I also have 3 new coordinators that have starting training and I have spent an immense amount effort in training them from the beginning on how to present an organ offer to a surgeon in an un-biased way.
Since October, we have seen a data based decrease in percentage of local offer declinations that were transplanted elsewhere.
Our coordinators and surgeons are committed to organ utilization and make every effort to responsibly do a transplant when an organ is available.