The UK Retrieval Team “Scout” Pilot Programme

Jenny Lannon, Gerlinde Mandersloot, Helen Thomas, Andre Vercueil, Rajamiyer Venkateswaran, Stephen Clark, Catherine Sudarshan, Nawwar Al-Attar, Bartlomiej Zych, Jorge Mascaro, Paul Murphy, Steven Tsui

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The number of adult heart transplants in the UK has fallen by more than 50% over the last 15 years, what may be a result of inadequate donor assessment and/or poor donor organ function. Previous studies have demonstrated that early aggressive donor management could lead to increased utilisation of some donor hearts. A UK pilot programme was initialised on 1 April 2013 which involves sending a member of the cardiothoracic retrieval team, the ‘scout’, to the donor intensive care unit as soon as consent for organ donation is obtained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S162
JournalThe Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Issue numberS4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


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