Work-load generated by the establishment of a non-heart beating kidney transplant programme

Transpl Int. 1996;9(6):603-6. doi: 10.1007/BF00335564.


The work-load generated by a non-heart-beating donor (NHBD) kidney transplant programme over a 3-year period is reported. A total of 73 referrals were made, 64 from the Accident department and 9 from the wards. Organ procurement was performed in 24 cases (33%) and resulted in the retrieval of 44 kidneys. Reasons for failure to achieve organ procurement were; refused consent (n = 13; 18%), relatives unavailable to ask for consent (n = 9; 12%), technical problems with catheter insertion or perfusion (n = 10; 14%), transplant staff unavailable (n = 1; 1%), long asystolic period (n = 8; 11%) and donor unsuitable for other reasons (n = 8; 11%). Of the 44 kidneys retrieved, 30 were transplanted locally, 8 were transplanted at other United Kingdom centres and 6 were discarded. Locally transplanted NHBD kidneys represented 21% of the total transplant programme during the time period under study. We conclude that NHBD kidneys are a good source of additional organs for transplantation, but only one-third of referrals result in a successful procurement procedure. Moreover, the setting up of a successful programme is labour-intensive and requires a highly committed staff.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Kidney Transplantation*
  • Program Development
  • Tissue Donors*
  • Workload