Preliminary Donor Suitability
There are many criteria on which preliminary donor suitability is determined.
There are many criteria on which preliminary suitability for organ, tissue, and cornea donation is determined.
The donor referral coordinator screens for conditions that can rule out the prospect of organ donation. These conditions are listed in the CMS Conditions of Coverage for OPOs. Patients who do not have any exclusionary conditions are referred to as ‘Standard Criteria Donors.'
Patients who are over age 70, have Hepatitis C, or have HIV may still be considered as donors. This is referred to as ‘Extended Criteria Donors.’
The criteria for tissue and cornea donation are set by the FDA.
Transplant surgeons make decisions about donor suitability on a case-by-case basis.