An organ procurement coordinator facilitates the approval, transfer, and preservation of donated organs for those who need them. In the event that a person has died and it is unclear what to do with their organs, the organ procurement coordinator will work with the family of the deceased to determine if and what organs may be donated and legally do so, if that is the wish of the family.
This is a very-time sensitive position due to the deteriorating health of the patients waiting for donated organs. Once organs become available, or are soon to become available, it is up to the organ procurement coordinator to quickly and efficiently arrange all details for the transfer. There is often a great deal of pressure on those in this position, as there are doctors, nurses, and families all working to get organs as fast as possible to save someone else's life.
Due to the high level of stress, organ procurement coordinators must be able to think quickly (but articulately) and evaluate large amounts of information to make the correct decision. Incorrect decisions could mean life or death in some cases.
Organ procurement coordinators must always be up-to-date on current medical practices pertaining to organ cultivation, storage, and transport. They must be aware of any new travel restrictions implemented by the FAA, as well, to get organs to patients who may be on the other side of the country. Thus, there can be a significant amount of travel involved. Also, those in this position are often called-upon to transport organs directly to the patients who need them to ensure they arrive as promised.
Organ Procurement Coordinator Tasks
Create list of matching recipients.
Acquire consent from family or donor card.
Assess donor suitability.
Convey info to transplant surgeon and wait for approval.
Respond to site when donor is declared brain dead.