PURPOSE: Over 100,000 patients are waiting for transplants. One organ donor can save up to eight lives and one tissue donor can improve the lives of up to 50 others. Medical suitability for organ or tissue donation depends upon screening. However, handling screening phone calls to transplant coordinators involves significant bedside nursing time - from a few minutes to as long as an hour. tele-ICU eNurses have the opportunity for early recognition of potential organ donors, during routine tele-ICU patient rounding and monitoring. This suggested a new process to save valuable time and reduce interruptions for bedside nurses - engaging eNurses to handle screening phone calls with the Transplant Coordinator.
METHODS: During routine tele-rounding and monitoring, eNurses identified potential organ donor status, notified the bedside nurse and offered to make the screening call to the Transplant Coordinator.
RESULTS: A total of 580 eNurse screening calls were completed with the Transplant Coordinator during the first 12 months of the new service. Assuming an average length of 30 minutes per call, a total of 290 bedside nursing hours were freed for other patient care activities.
CONCLUSION: Tele-ICU nursing was able to provide important screening services for potential organ donors as part of routine activities. This effort freed 290 hours of bedside nurses to devote to other patient care activities.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Tele-ICU nurse screening calls to transplant coordinators provides added value to the bedside care team while supporting opportunities for timely organ donation.
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