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Gift of Life Donor Program works with hospitals and families throughout the region to help make transplants possible for thousands of patients.

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Donation Champion Learning Sessions

This is a one day, highly interactive program that focuses on the role of critical care staff in utilizing and sharing best-demonstrated practices for referring potential organ donors to the organ procurement organization, providing support for families of potential organ donors, and maximizing clinical donor management. Please note, not all sessions are held in Philadelphia. Please make note of the location of the training which is listed next to the date (all programs are NOT held in Philadelphia). As registration opens, a link to the registration site will be placed next to each individual session date. Please note walk-ins are NOT permitted for these sessions. Anyone who is not pre-registered will be denied admittance to the session.

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Attendees will be given focused information to allow them to become Donation Champions, someone who role-models and shares key information to assist colleagues in carrying out best demonstrated practices in real time. These programs are open to staff who work at hospitals in Gift of Life's region. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL SESSIONS - Walk-ins will be turned away.

Program Objectives

  1. Discuss strategies to increase the number of available transplantable organs and meet the needs of patients waiting for organ transplants.
  2. Describe transplant recipients' and donor family members' perspectives on organ donation (hear the stories and experiences of a donor family and transplant recipient).
  3. Discuss best demonstrated practices related to timeliness of potential organ donor referrals, family support, and approaching families about organ donation opportunities.
  4. Describe the clinical testing used to determine brain death and how it is communicated to families.
  5. Compare and contrast the process for donation after brain death with donation after cardiac death.
  6. Discuss donor management strategies that impact the number and quality of organs available for transplant.

Who Should Attend? ICU and ER Nurses, Nurse Leaders, Respiratory Therapists, and Anyone Who May Care for a Potential Organ Donor at a hospital in Gift of Life's region.


2014 Donation Champion Schedule (Session date and location).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Lewisburg, PA

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA


For questions regarding the Donation Champion Learning Sessions, contact Gift of Life's Hospital Services department professional education coordinator...

Andrea Reynolds, e-mail
(215) 557-8090, ext. 1229

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National Donor Sabbath

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National Donor Sabbath,observed annually in November, seeks to educate faith-based communities about the need for organ, eye and tissue donors. Order free materials to celebrate National Donor Sabbath, taking place Nov. 14-16!

 

Threads of Love Donor Quilt

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Explore the online quilts to view the quilt squares provided by the loved ones of those who died and gave the gift of life. The actual quilts are available for display in public places throughout the region to promote donor awareness.

 

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