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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.

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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.

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.


2015 Donation Champion Schedule

Friday, January 30, 2015 - at Christiana Hospital in Delaware

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - in Philadelphia, PA (Registration Closed)

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - in Harrisburg, PA (Registration Full/Closed)

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - in Philadelphia, PA (Registration Full/Closed)

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - in Wilkes-Barre, PA (CLICK HERE to register)

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - Lankenau Medical Ctr, Wynnewood, PA (Registration CLICK HERE to register)

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - in Philadelphia, PA (Registration will open March 30, 2015)

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - in Philadelphia, PA (Registration will open April 15, 2015)

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - in Philadelphia, PA (Registration will open May 15, 2015)

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - in Atlantic City, NJ (Registration will openMay 15, 2015)

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - in Bethlehem, PA (Registration will open May 15, 2015)

Wednesday, October 22, 2015 - in Lewisburg, PA (Registration will open June 1, 2015)

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - in Philadelphia, PA (Registration will open July 30, 2015)

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - in Philadelphia, PA (Registration will open August 28, 2015)


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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Register for the 2015 Dash

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The 20th Annual Donor Dash is designed to help promote organ and tissue donation and highlight the success of transplantation.

April 19, 2015.

Learn more about the event and register today!

 

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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