CDTRP Level Up Research Webinars

The CDTRP is pleased to host its 2022 Level Up Research Webinars. These webinars are designed to inform the CDTRP community on various research topics for health care professionals, researchers, patients, families and donors. Access is open to all and free of charge. Registration is mandatory.

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Amina Silva: Quality Improvement Tools to Manage Deceased Organ Donation Processes: A Scoping Review

On November 7, we were pleased to have Amina Silva, from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Amina Silva is a registered nurse and is in the last year of her PhD at Queen’s University. Her clinical background is focused on end-of-life care, kidney transplantation and eye donation processes. Her research program is focused on organ donation processes, end-of-life and survivorship care and simulation-based educational strategies. Amina is also a research coordinator for the BRiC program (Studying Burnout and Compassion Fatigue among OTDCs in Canada), a research assistant at Queen’s University, and a simulation facilitator at University of Ottawa.


Deceased organ donation is a highly complex and multi-phased process, which makes it prone to adverse events and errors. Appropriate quality improvement tools should be used to ensure proper flow and safety throughout the donation process. We conducted a scoping review to map the existing evidence on the use of quality improvement tools to manage deceased organ donation process. A total of 40 references were included and the tools identified included checklists, algorithms, flowcharts, charts, pathways, decision tree maps and mobile apps. These tools were applied in the following phases of the organ donation process: (1) potential donor identification; (2) donor referral; (3) death determination; (4) potential donor assessment; (5) donor management; (6) donor risk assessment; (7) withdrawal of life sustaining measures; (8) organ retrieval; and (9) overall organ donation process. By  mapping existing tools, we aim to facilitate both clinician choices among available tools, as well as research work building on existing knowledge.