Emergency Medicine's Role in Organ and Tissue Donation

Reaffirmed January 2024, February 2018, April 2012, October 2006, October 2000

Originally approved April 1996


The American College of Emergency Physicians recognizes the need for organ and tissue donation and procurement. Emergency medicine can play a key role in this process.

Hospitals and emergency departments should have policies and procedures that facilitate donation and procurement. Procedures should specify the roles of the physicians, hospital staff, surgery recovery teams, and organ procurement agencies.

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