Objective: To describe the profile of the average organ non-donor, compare it to that of the average donor, and identify characteristics that predict the likelihood that a given individual will be a non-donor. Methods: The charts of 397 consenting potential organ donors of LifeLink of Puerto Rico from 2009 through 2011 were reviewed. Data regarding gender, age, BMI, the presence of diabetes, hypertension and/or kidney injury, death from cerebrovascular accident, and smoking were collected. Results: Of the 397 charts reviewed, 283 were from donors, 96 were from non- donors, and 18 were excluded from the analysis. When compared to donors, non- donors were found more frequently to be 60 years old or older, diabetic, hypertensive, or obese; to have suffered from kidney injury, to have smoked and to have died of a cerebrovascular accident. On multivariate analysis, age, diabetes, kidney injury and smoking remained significant. However, after adjusting for age, only smoking and death from cerebrovascular accident remained statistically associated to non- donor status. Conclusion: Although being over 60 years old, having smoked and dying from a cerebrovascular accident were characteristics found significantly more frequently in non-donors, these characteristics were also present in some donors. Therefore, a careful evaluation of each potential donor is still mandatory to avoid the loss of transplantable organs.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Puerto Rico health sciences journal|
|State||Published - 2014|
- Organ donation
- Organ non-donor
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