Líffaeragjafir á Islandi 1992-2002.

Translated title of the contribution: Organ donations in Iceland 1992-2002

Sigurbergur Kárason*, Runólfur Jóhannsson, Kristín Gunnarsdóttir, Páll Asmundsson, Kristinn Sigvaldason

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OBJECTIVE: To acquire information of organ donations and organ waiting lists in Iceland 1992-2002, the beginning of an organ procurement system. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Records of all patients treated at the ICU at LSH in Fossvogur 1992-2002 were studied. Information of organ donations at other units and number on organ waiting lists was attained. Results are shown as medians (25th, 75th percentile). RESULTS: 527 patients died at the ward 1992-2002 (48 (45, 52) annually). Of them 68 (13%) were declared deceased because of brain death. Permission for organ procurement was requested from relatives in 50 cases (74% of brain deaths) and was obtained in 30 (60%). Four of these were not suitable as organ donors. Organ donation was denied in 40% of cases and refusal seemed to increase during the period. Potential organ donors that were not recognised as such were 18A (3% of all deaths). During the period six organ donations occurred at others units. The total number of organ donors was 32 (3 (1, 5) annually) in Iceland 1992-2002. Number of organs donated was 109 (11 (4, 15) annually). Each year there were 7 (5, 9) individuals on waiting lists for organs and 3 (2, 5) were transplanted. CONCLUSIONS: 87% of organ donations in Iceland come from patients with cerebral haemorrhage, traumatic brain injury or ischaemic stroke. Organ donations in Iceland seem to fulfill the nations need of organs. It is a possible worry that refusal of organ donation by relatives seemed to increase during the period.

Translated title of the contributionOrgan donations in Iceland 1992-2002
Original languageIcelandic
Pages (from-to)417-422
Number of pages6
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2005


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