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Organ Allocation Center


Historically, Organ Allocation has been performed at donors' bedsides throughout the country. In the last 10-15 years, many Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) have organized allocation centers where allocation may be done in a centralized area. However, most OPOs kept allocating thoracic organs at bedside. In 2015, LAORA’s leadership decided to create an Organ Allocation Center [...]

Organ Allocation Center2019-08-26T16:04:06+00:00

Hope in Action


The number of potential recipients awaiting their life-saving organ in the United States grows daily. The number waiting is over 100,000 and there are not enough organ donors to help all of them to receive the organ transplants they need. Traditionally, HIV-positive potential donors were excluded from donation. Then, on November 21, 2013, the HOPE [...]

Hope in Action2019-04-17T22:58:21+00:00

Message to Hospital Staff


LAORA is always grateful for the outstanding performance of all hospital staff members helping to facilitate organ donation. Throughout the hospitals we serve, we are humbled by the collaboration we receive every time we arrive to evaluate potential donors. For organ donation to exist, a tight link must unify an Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) with [...]

Message to Hospital Staff2019-08-02T17:56:31+00:00

Donation after Circulatory Death


Prior to the acceptance of the concept of brain death under the Uniform Determination of Death Act in 1980, all organ donors fell under the protocol now called Donation after Circulatory Death. In the 2000s, the organ procurement and transplantation community returned to accepting organ donation after circulatory death as an acceptable, approved method. This [...]

Donation after Circulatory Death2019-02-27T21:39:00+00:00

Brain Death Determination


The American Academy of Neurology brain death evaluation protocol, followed by Florida Statute, is intended as a useful tool for clinicians. This guidance is opinion-based. Alternative protocols may be equally informative. The determination of brain death varies somewhat from hospital to hospital, but generally includes: Clinical evaluation to confirm the total absence of brainstem reflexes [...]

Brain Death Determination2019-02-27T21:38:36+00:00