Psychological Difficulties and Level of Knowledge of Medical | 47289

Primary Health Care: Open Access

ISSN - 2167-1079


Psychological Difficulties and Level of Knowledge of Medical Staff Identifying Donors after Irreversible Cardiac Arrest

Edyta Skwirczyńska, Natalia Serwin, Oskar Wróblewski, Maria Ustianowska, Maciej Kotowski, Karol Tejchman and Marek Ostrowski

Over the last fifty years, organ transplantation has become a routine medical procedure, bringing immense benefits to the patients. In Poland, to 2018 by DBD donors (Donor after Brain Death) accounted for about 95% of all donors and about 5% were living donors. A completely unused group are DCD donors (Donors after Cardiac Death). Material and Methods: The survey was done among 500 people from medical staff of intensive care unit and intensive cardiological care where the probability of receiving anonymous donation after circulatory death is the highest, yet only 368 people had filled the survey and their cases were taken into consideration as far as the study was concerned. The rest of people surveyed were not taken into consideration as they had not filled the survey. The survey was conducted in the form of a self-projected questionnaire based on Hospital Attitude Survey. Results: The study showed that 98.4% of respondents accept the transplant. As many as 93.1% of people did not know the Maastricht classification and 57.5% claimed that in Poland there is a permission to take organs from people with a non-beating heart. Discussion: The study found that perceiving the potential of heart-warming donations from donors depends on their professional position. Unlike nurses, the doctor does not see the potential of transplantation from donors with a non-beating heart. Referring to the results of studies in other countries of the European Union, there is an immense difference between personal attitude towards organ donation from patients after brain death DBD and towards patients after circulatory death DCD.