Summary Writer: Alexandra Bolger
Script Writer: Nudrat Rashid
Editor: Bruce Way
Interviewee: Nudrat Rashid
James talks to Dr Nudrat Rashid about how the process of organ donation works, and discusses case based scenarios in the ED and ICU.
Nudrat qualified at Ahmadu Bello Hospital, Nigeria and undertook ICU training at Royal North Shore Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney with the College of Intensive Care Medicine. She also attained her MSC in Internal Medicine with honours from the University of Edinburgh, UK. Dr Rashid is currently an Intensive Care Specialist with the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Intensive Care Services and is also the Director of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She has a keen interest in Organ Donation, Education and Echocardiography and blogs for “Life in the Fast Lane”.
With Dr Nudrat Rashid, Intensivist and the Director of the Organ Donation and Transplant Unit, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Australia
In Australia the organ and tissue donation program is run nationally by the Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA). The OTAworks with different states and territories, as well as the community sector, to deliver the National Reform Program. The National Reform Program was started by Kevin Rudd in 2008 in the hope it would increase organ and tissue donation as well as transplantation outcomes in Australia. One of itskey initiatives was to have specialist hospital staff and systems dedicated to organ donation. The OTA provides leadership and collaborates with the states and territories as well as specialised hospital staff. All the organisations and staff compromise the Donate Life Network. Organ donation rates vary internationally and regionally. They are assessed by comparing the number of donors per million population.
Case 1 – You are a junior doctor in the Emergency Department involved with a trauma team. You have a 19-year-old male with a brain injury after a high-speed motor vehicle accident (MVA).
Case 2 – You are working in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and a 65 year old deteriorates following a massive stroke 3 days ago. You are asked to organise a family meeting to discuss prognosis and direction of care.
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