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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.

2016 Donation Champion Schedule

  1. Friday, January 29, 2016 at Christiana Hospital Newark, DE
  2. Thursday, February 4, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA
  3. Thursday, March 17, 2016in Philadelphia, PA
  4. Thursday, April 7, 2016 in Harrisburg, PA
  5. Thursday, April 28, 2016in Philadelphia, PA
  6. Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Wilkes-Barre, PA
  7. Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA
  8. Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in Wynnewood, PA
  9. Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA
  10. Thursday, August 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA
  11. Thursday, September 8, 2016 in Atlantic City, NJ
  12. Thursday, September 15, 2016 in Bethlehem, PA
  13. Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in Lewisburg, PA (Registration CLOSED)
  14. Thursday, November 10, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA (Registration CLOSED)
  15. Thursday, December 1, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER)

Our 2017 schedule is in developemnt - please check back for dates/locations!

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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