Lung Focused Resuscitation at a Specialized Donor Care Facility Improves Lung Procurement Rates

Stephanie H. Chang, Daniel Kreisel, Gary F. Marklin, Lindsey Cook, Ramsey Hachem, Benjamin D. Kozower, Keki R. Balsara, Jennifer M. Bell, Christine Frederiksen, Bryan F. Meyers, G. Alexander Patterson, Varun Puri

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Abstract

Background: Lung procurement for transplantation occurs in approximately 20% of brain dead donors and is a major impediment to wider application of lung transplantation. We investigated the effect of lung protective management at a specialized donor care facility on lung procurement rates from brain dead donors. Methods: Our local organ procurement organization instituted a protocol of lung protective management at a freestanding specialized donor care facility in 2008. Brain dead donors from 2001 to 2007 (early period) were compared with those from 2009 to 2016 (current period) for lung procurement rates and other solid-organ procurement rates using a prospectively maintained database. Results: An overall increase occurred in the number of brain dead donors during the study period (early group, 791; late group, 1,333; p < 0.0001). The lung procurement rate (lung donors/all brain dead donors) improved markedly after the introduction of lung protective management (early group, 157 of 791 [19.8%]; current group, 452 of 1,333 [33.9%]; p < 0.0001). The overall organ procurement rate (total number of organs procured/donor) also increased during the study period (early group, 3.5 organs/donor; current group, 3.8 organs/donor; p = 0.006). Conclusions: Lung protective management in brain dead donors at a specialized donor care facility is associated with higher lung utilization rates compared with conventional management. This strategy does not adversely affect the utilization of other organs in a multiorgan donor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1531-1536
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume105
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2018

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