Unit 3: Supporting Potential Donors


Purpose and Overview

To recognize best practices for donor management, from the initial referral call to the final determination of donor suitability.

Following correct protocol is especially vital in the period between the initial referral call and the final determination of donor suitability. This unit covers best practices for donor management during this time and summarizes the guidelines for donor authorization set forth by federal legislation that governs organ donation, the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA).


At the end of this unit you should be able to understand and communicate:

  1. The physiologic indications of brain death
  2. That DCD (Donation after Cardiac Death) is an additional pathway to donation
  3. Best practices for donor management