Hospital and Medical Partners
Versiti is one of 57 federally designated organ procurement organizations (OPO). It is the OPO’s responsibility to assess donor potential, authorize donation, manage organ allocation, order any necessary testing and procure organs at the donor hospital.
It is imperative that hospitals and organ donation organizations work together to facilitate donation in the most effective, impactful way to maximize each donor’s anatomical gift(s). Versiti’s service area covers 12 counties and roughly 2.3 million Wisconsin residents.
Referral Line | 24 Hours
For all patients, call immediately at cardiac time of death, even if a ventilated patient was referred for one of the following triggers:
- Any discussion concerning end-of-life options (comfort care measures, no escalation of care or withdrawal of life-sustaining therapies)
- Non-survivable brain injury
- GCS ≤ 4 or absence of two or more cranial nerve reflexes (pupillary reaction, gag reflex, cough reflex, corneal reflex, oculocephalic reflex, doll’s eyes, response to pain and spontaneous breathing)
- First indication of brain death
- Family initiates discussion regarding donation
Organ Donation Pathways
Surgeons involved with Versiti and transplant centers cannot be a part of the death declaration or end-of-life care. Brain death determination, cardiac cessation (asystole or PEA) and declaration in DCD donors must be completed by hospital physicians.
Transplantable Organs and Recoverable Tissues
- Bone: used to treat patients with orthopedic cancers, damaged spines and damaged joints
- Tendons and ligaments: used for joint reconstruction and repair of sports injuries
- Skin: used to treat burns, for breast reconstructions following mastectomies, and for wound treatment
- Veins and arteries: used to treat those suffering from diabetes and vascular diseases
- Heart valves: used to repair damaged or diseased heart valves
- Corneas: used to replace damaged or diseased corneas to improve eyesight