A donor after cardiac death dcd is a donor who has suffered devastating and irreversible brain injury and may be near death but does not meet formal brain death criteria in these cases the family has decided to withdraw care when the patients heart stops beating the organs are then recovered in the operating room. Organ donation and transplantation after cardiac death david talbot and anthony dalessandro an informative and practical guide to the use of transplant donors after cardiac death and recipient selection lays out the moral legal and ethical restraints to using such donors for organ transplant together with the techniques that have been adopted to improve their outcome covers different . If the family agrees to organ donation after death after cardiac arrest occurs organs can be rapidly removed flushed cooled and used for transplantation organs from dcd may not function immediately so usually only kidneys are taken because the recipient can return to hemodialysis if the transplant fails. As part of the new procedure known as donation after cardiac death or dcd transplants organs are retrieved from those who have died because their heart stopped either naturally or because
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