Organ Donation After Circulatory Determination of Death

Organ Donation After Circulatory Determination of Death

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Accreditation/Designation Statements

In support of improving patient care, Boston Children's Hospital is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for the healthcare team.


Boston Children's Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

Risk Management

Organ Donation After Circulatory Determination of Death meets the requirements of 1 Risk Management Credit as prescribed by the Massachusetts Board of Registrations in Medicine and defined in 243 CMR 2.06(5)(d) I. 


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 1 MOC point in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, 1 with the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, and 1 with the American Board of Anesthesiology Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®). It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.


Boston Children's Hospital designates this activity for 1 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This course addresses the practices in place for Donation After Circulatory Determination of Death (DCDD) at Boston Children’s Hospital. With a more thorough understanding of the process, providers can feel more comfortable having the necessary discussions with families. The course places emphasis on preparing family members and includes clips of simulated scenarios using actors and a manikin. Provider effort to discuss end-of-life care and provide ongoing grief support would likely ease the decision-making process for families and has the potential to increase organ donation.

Instructional Time

1 hour, 00 minutes

Target Audience

  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Specialty Physicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physician Assistants
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Registered Nurses in Specialty Areas
  • Licensed Practical Nurses

Expiration Dates

  • Approved: February 1, 2018
  • Released: July 12, 2018
  • Expires: February 1, 2020

Course Format

Self-paced, using text and video, with post-test assessments. Requires 80% or higher score to earn CME credit. Online course assessment. Requires Safari (v6 or higher), Chrome (v38 or higher), Internet Explorer (v11 or higher), or Firefox (v23 or higher).

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Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate between circulatory determination of death and neurological determination of death
  • Identify the criteria that determine a patient's eligibility for organ donation after DCDD
  • Prepare to introduce and guide a patient's family through the organ donation process
  • List the criteria involved in determining a patient's eligibility for DCDD
  • Describe the different roles involved in patient management during the process of DCDD
  • Identify the necessary personnel, supplies, equipment, and medications for the process of DCDD in preparation of organ procurement
  • Describe the process of organ donation by DCDD
  • Develop an approach to speaking with the family during the DCDD process
  • Explain what to do if the patient does not reach pulselessness within 1 hour after withdrawal of life-sustaining therapies



Sally Vitali

Associate in Critical Care Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital Assistant Professor in Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School


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Instructor Disclosures

No disclosures to report:

Sally Vitali, MD

Content Reviewers

No disclosures to report:

Traci Wolbrink, MD, MPH; Lisa DelSignore, MD; Lisa Pixley, RN; Lesley Niccolini

Commercial and Financial Support Disclosure

This program receives no commercial support.