Sjuksköterskans upplevelse av att vårda en potentiell organdonator med total hjärninfarkt
: en litteraturstudie

Translated title of the thesis: Nurses' experience of caring for a potential organ donor with total cerebral infarction: literature review
  • Linda Ivarsson
  • Charlotta Svensson

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Background: In order to become an organ donor, a patient must die of total cerebral infarct while he/she is placed in a ventilator. There are few people who die like that. When death has been established medical interventions may not continue for more than 24 hours. The nurse, who should be involved in the whole donorprocess, faces several challenges: is the patient suitable as an organ donor? what is the patient's wish? what is the family's wish? Etc. Aim: The aim of this study was to illuminate nurses' experience of caring for a potential organ donor diagnosed with total cerebral infarction. Method: Literature review based on nine scientific articles. Results: The results are presented in categories, to meet relatives, the need for knowledge and the nursing profession. Family perspective involves ethics, laws and emotional aspects. Many nurses expressed that they had a lack of knowledge and that there was a great need for education about how information and support should be given to relatives and how a potential organ donor is identified. Caring for an organ donor requires more resources and more emotional involvement, in comparison to caring for a living ICU patient. Conclusion: More research in organ donation can increase knowledge and awareness among the public and health professionals, which may lead to increasing organ donations.

    Date of Award2013-Mar-12
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorGabriella Nilsson (Supervisor) & Gerth Hedov (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Nursing

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • organ donation
    • experience
    • nurse
    • total cerebral infarction

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