The consultation looks at two ways of potentially increasing organ and tissue donors – by seeking to increase numbers of referrals and by seeking to increase the number of times a donation is authorised to proceed.
The first chapter seeks views on alternative ways of potentially increasing the proportion of cases where organ and/or tissue donation is authorised. Specifically it looks at how an opt out system allowing authorisation to be deemed in certain circumstances, with safeguards, might work in Scotland. This includes authorisation for donation from adults who may not have the capacity to make their own decisions, children, and children in care.
The second chapter looks at increasing numbers of people considered as potential organ and tissue donors and whether hospital clinicians should be encouraged to refer patients who are expected to die in an intensive care unit or emergency department to a specialist nurse for organ donation in circumstances which would potentially enable them to be a donor.