The opportunity to give the gift of life to someone in need comes at the most difficult times for most family members. Having a discussion about organ donation along with end of life care is important to patients, their families, and health care providers, and as health care providers, we need to know how to support these situations.
Actors play the family members of a patient in the Intensive Care Unit.
The donation experience begins in critical care areas such as the intensive care unit (ICU). The ICU at Royal University Hospital hosted an organ donation simulation to allow staff to experience situations that may arise and how to best engage with families. This simulation involved staff, actors and stakeholders who left the event with valuable knowledge. The main goal was to have participants walk away feeling more confident about what to expect during this sensitive time.
Simulated patient in the Intensive Care Unit.
The national number of deceased organ donors has increased by 42 per cent in the last 10 years, but the number of those in need of a transplant has also increased. Have the discussion about organ and tissue donation with your loved ones and you could benefit countless families.
To learn more about organ and tissue donation, visit the Government of Saskatchewan’s website.