Nurses' 'lack of trust in diagnosis' presents barrier to organ donation
A survey of Swedish intensive care unit nurses has uncovered attitudes which present barriers to organ donation.
A questionnaire was sent to half of ICU nurses in the country, with 69% of them responding.
Less than half of nurses trusted clinical diagnoses of brain death without a confirmatory cerebral angiography, while 25% of respondents indicated that mechanical ventilation was withdrawn without the issue of organ donation being raised.
Meanwhile, 39% had experienced occasions where the issue of organ donation had never been raised with relatives.