Pediatric donor management to optimize donor heart utilization

Daniel Zimpfer*, Peta M.A. Alexander, Ryan R. Davies, Anne I. Dipchand, Brian Feingold, Anna Joong, Karen Lord, Richard Kirk, Angie Scales, Renata Shih, Oliver Miera

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Optimal management of pediatric cardiac donors is essential in order to maximize donor heart utilization and minimize the rate of discarded organs. This review was performed after a systematic literature review and gives a detailed overview on current practices and guidelines. The review focuses on optimal monitoring of pediatric donors, donor workup, hormonal replacement, and obliterating the adverse effects of brain death. The current evidence on catecholamine support and thyroid hormone replacement is also discussed. Recognizing and addressing this shall help in a standardized approach toward donor management and optimal utilization of pediatric heart donors organs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere13679
JournalPediatric transplantation
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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