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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 12  |  Page : 952-956

The brain-dead donor: An anaesthesiologist's perspective

Department of Anaesthesia, Fortis Hospital Mulund, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Vijay L Shetty
Department of Anaesthesia, Fortis Hospital Mulund, Mumbai Goregaon Link Road, Mulund West, Mumbai - 400 080, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ija.IJA_722_17

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The brain-dead organ donation programme is slowly gathering momentum in India. There is a long way to go before our cadaver donor numbers, currently at 0.35 per million reaches 35 per million as is the case in countries like Spain. Each donor, therefore, has to be managed immaculately. The anaesthesiologists will be well served by familiarising themselves with the challenges during the crucial period preceding and during the actual harvest of organs in a brain-dead donor. There are significant opportunities for anaesthesiologists to make great contributions in this cause due to their unique skill sets and perspective. A robust brain-dead cadaver programme will go a long way in saving numerous lives as well as reduce the requirements of the living donor programme. A well-managed harvest will ensure good quality organs and an overall superior outcome in the recipients.

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