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
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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.

Nurses participating in the survey supported the idea of transplantation and would agree to donate their organs when necessary. Both the research presented in the paper and other research indicate the need for intensified education of medical personnel (particularly nursing staff) and students of medical subjects in the field of medical and legal aspects of transplantation of cells, tissues and organs.

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