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Single-centre experience of donation after cardiac death

Raj Kumar, Kiran Shekar and John F Fraser
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (2): 87-88. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11502
Published online: 4 February 2013

To the Editor: We congratulate Coulson and colleagues for sharing their single-centre experience of donation after cardiac death (DCD).1 Our recently published Queensland DCD data2 reflect their experience and highlight the efficacy of DCD in augmenting the pool of donors with organs available for transplantation. The number of Australian DCD organ donors is increasing. There were 19 in 2007 and 86 in 2009. In 2011, of the 337 total donors, 26% (86) were DCD donors, providing 19% (195) of the total 1041 organs transplanted in Australia.3

  • Raj Kumar1
  • Kiran Shekar2
  • John F Fraser3

  • 1 Robina Hospital, Gold Coast, QLD.
  • 2 Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 3 University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.


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