Organ Donation after Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Brain Death

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A 38-year-old primipara Japanese woman suffered cardiac arrest due to a pulmonary thromboembolism 1 day after undergoing a cesarean section. Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation was initiated and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support was needed for 24 h. Despite intensive care, the patient was diagnosed with brain death on day 6. With the family’s consent, comprehensive end-of-life care including organ donation was discussed based on our hospital’s policy. The family decided to donate her organs. Specific training and education are required for emergency physicians to optimize the process of incorporating organ donation into end-of-life care while respecting the patient’s and family’s wishes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-120
Number of pages4
JournalActa medica Okayama
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • brain death
  • end-of-life
  • extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • organ donation
  • potential organ donor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology


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