J Korean Soc Transplant.  2012 Jun;26(2):101-111.

Preliminary Results of Donor Action in Korea

  • 1Organ Transplantation Center, Busan Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. yeonghnl@inje.ac.kr
  • 2Division of Transplant and Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
  • 3Department of Donor Action Foundation, Linden, Belgium.
  • 4Department of Eurotransplant International Foundation, Leiden, Netherlans.
  • 5Korea Organ Donation Agency, Seoul, Korea.
  • 6Department of Nephrology, Busan Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.


Donor Action (DA) is a well-known program used to evaluate the potential of organ donors and to survey hospital attitudes toward organ donation in a region or nation. DA has not yet been fully implemented in Korea.
We collected medical information on expired patients from 9 hospitals in Yeoung-nam province. We also passed out Hospital Attitude Survey questionnaires in those same 9 hospitals. We reviewed the medical records of the expired patients in the neurological and neurosurgical critical care units from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009. Data was analyzed with a DA system database.
A total of 704 patients were enrolled. Altogether, 307 patients (43.6%) were potential donors, and 26 patients (6.5%) were reported to an to organ procurement organization. Among the potential donors, a family approach was taken with 33 patients (10.7%), and family consent was obtained in 26 cases (8.5%). Organ donation was done with 24 patients (7.8%). Among the potential donors, 88.6% of them were not identified as potential donors. Hospital attitude surveys were given to 417 hospital staff members. A positive attitude towards organ donation was shown in 85%. However, only 55.4% of hospital staff agreed on the concept of brain death.
Among the processes of organ donation, identifying a potential donor is a critical step to increase organ donation.


Tissue donors; Tissue and organ procurement; Transplantation

MeSH Terms

Critical Care
Medical Records
Surveys and Questionnaires
Tissue and Organ Procurement
Tissue Donors
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