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The purpose of this module is to increase awareness among critical care nurses of potential organ and tissue donors as well as to provide general information on the maintenance of organ donors and the care of their families.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the importance of organ and tissue donation
  • List the different types of organs and tissues which can be transplanted
  • Describe neurological death  and the requirements for certification of neurological  death
  • Identify the accepted Canadian best practices in Organ Donor Management


Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation (2003). Severe Brain Injury to Neurological Determination of Death - A Canadian Forum Report and Recommendations.Edmonton Alberta Canada. Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation

Canadian Institute of Health Information (2008). Preliminary Statistics on Transplantation and waiting list: CST Annual Meeting, Mont Tremblant PQ. As retrieved from

New Brunswick: Health (2002) Revised 2006. Organ and Tissue Donor Manual: Guidelines for New Brunswick Hospitals. New Brunswick Organ and Tissue Procurement Program. Fredericton, New Brunswick

Poser, K. (2008). Ensuring there are more opportunities to GIVE. Canadian Nurse 104 (4), pp. 10-11

Shemie, S., et al. (2006). Organ donor management in Canada: recommendations of the forum on Medical Management to Optimize Donor Organ Potential.   Canadian Medical Association Journal. 174 (6), S13-S30.

Urden, L.D., Stacy, K.M., & Lough, M.E. (2018). Thelans’ critical care nursing: Diagnosis and management. (8th ed). Boston: Mosby.

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