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Measurement of behavior of Transplant Coordinator in a Intensive Care Unit of General Hospital

Maria Maniou , Elissavet Iakovidou , Eleftherios Kostopoulos , Eleni Palli , Stylianos Zaragas , Evangelia Saloustrou


The transplantation of organs and tissues comprised the highlight invention of great utility of the medicine for the twentieth century. The institution of the transplant coordinator contributed to the rise of disposable grafts in Greece. From 1997 onwards begins the rise of the disposable graft but this didn’t last for a long time. Contrarily noted that grafts’ number decreased considerably. The aim of this study was the measurement of behavior of Transplant Coordinator in a Intensive Care Unit of General Hospital of Crete. Methodology: For the measurement of behavior of Transplant Coordinator was used as a tool a questionnaire structured in three parts. The sample consisted of 30 nurses that worked in the Intensive Care Unit of hospital. Results: From the nurses that answered the 93% knew about the institution and the role of transplant coordinator and the 90% knew who the transplant coordinator in the hospital was. The 60% of the nurses support that the institution of transplant coordinator contributed in the increase of transplantation. Moreover, the 44% supports that the transplant Coordinator should be a team composed of nurse, doctor and psychologist. The 60% of the nurses reports that many patients were lost which were the right donors because of the transplant coordinator’s delinquency to find donors. It must be noted that nurses who were asked the 80% answered that they had participated in the procedure of transplantation because of Coordinator’s absence. The biggest percent 55% reports that the coordinator has no interest in transplant’s coordination, the 39% answered “I don’t know” and the 6% that the coordinator has many responsibilities. Finally, they evaluate and attach importance to the policies reported in the role of transplant coordinator that would contribute in the increase of transplantation in Greece: education of coordinators, postgraduate title of “coordinator of transplantation”, personnel of ICU, evaluation of coordinators, motives in the coordinators , change coordinator each year. Conclusively: The Transplant Coordinator’s transfers his duties and responsibilities in the nurses of the Intensive Care Unit. Nurses assume the responsibility for the organization of transplant procedure whereas they have never been trained. That means that it will be more easy to be lost patients which were the right donors for transplantation.

Keywords: Transplants, Coordinator, Organization, transplant coordination

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