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FutureLearn Organ Donation: The Essentials for Healthcare Professionals

St. George's University via FutureLearn

  • Overview
  1. FutureLearn
    St. George's University
    2 hours/week
    2 weeks
    Paid Certificate Available
    Learn about different aspects of organ donation
    Despite organ donation being hugely important there is currently limited training for healthcare workforce regarding the complex issues around organ and tissue donation. This course aims to change that.

    On the course, created in collaboration with the NHS Blood and Transplant service, you will learn about the basic principles and processes involved in organ donation from the legal aspects, to types of donation, to the importance of communication with families.

    This course is for Specialist Nurses in Organ Donation (SNODs), and healthcare professionals such as nurses and doctors of all levels of experience who wish to either update their knowledge or improve their awareness of the subject, for personal or CPD reasons. It will also be useful for students training to become healthcare professionals.

    What topics will you cover?
    • Fundamentals of organ donation
    • Criteria for donation
    • Legal and ethical issues around organ donation
    • The role of the Specialist Nurse in Organ Donation
    • Donations after Death by Neurological Criteria (Brainstem Death) or Circulatory Death
    • Checking donor suitability
    • The organ retrieval process
    • Family care and follow up

    Taught by
    Hannah Cock

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