Knowledge and opinions of nurses about organ transplantation in a Polish hospital
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Independent Laboratory of Psychical Health, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecological Nursing and Obstetrics, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
Marta Makara-Studzińska   

Independent Laboratory of Psychical Health, Medical University, Chodzki 15, 20-092 Lublin, Poland
J Pre Clin Clin Res. 2013;7(1):48–52
The term ‘transplantation’ is understood as an intervention involving transfer of cells, tissues or organs within one body or two bodies. The donor of any organ can be a living person (ex vivo transplant) or a dead person (ex mortuo transplant).

The aim of the study is to present the knowledge and opinions of nurses about organ donation for transplantation.

Material and Methods:
The research tool used for the study was a survey which was carried out in 2010 among 100 randomly‑chosen nurses employed in the departments of surgery, orthopaedic surgery, gynaecology and anesthesiology of Independent Public Clinical Hospital No. 4 in Lublin (SPSK4).

Although a considerable majority of nurses (73%) support the idea of transplantation, the presented research, however, indicates insufficient knowledge of nurses on transplantation – which can influence their later possible decisions concerning the donation of organs for transplantation. Only 68% of the total number of respondents knew the meaning of term ‘implied consent’ in the context of organs transplantation from a cadaveric donor, and 72% of nurses did not know in what type of death the organs can be retrieved.

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