My Death, My Decision, My Donation



My Death, My Decision, My Donation


Tuesday, November 14, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern Time/ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm  Pacific Time  


Carol Anne Gordon, MSW – moderator
Family Services Coordinator

Legacy of Life Hawai‘i
Honolulu, HI

Sarah Oland - Speaker
Senior Director, Hospital & Family Services
Midwest Transplant Network
Westwood, KS

Sara Pace Jones - Speaker
Vice President, Development & Referral Services
Donor Network of Arizona
Phoenix, AZ


The ability for an individual to be able to designate their own wishes to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor can provide great relief and reassurance to a family in grief. However, there are times, the family may not agree with or support the individual’s decision and the interactions between the family, who is objecting to the patient’s wishes, and the Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) and hospital, who are required to honor the patient’s legal decision, can become challenging and the dispute may escalate to a court of law. During this webinar we will be learning from two OPOs, each presenting a recent case, the outcomes, and their learnings.

Target Audience:  

Members of the donation and transplantation community serving diverse populations to include administrators, coordinators, physicians, nurses, surgeons, managers, quality improvement specialists, social workers, and other donation and transplantation center professionals and their colleagues.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the webinar the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the legal parameters surrounding First Person Authorization (legal donor designation).
  • Describe how to communicate with the family and work with the hospital to navigate the objections and honor the legal decision.
  • Describe steps an OPO can take to prepare the court system for such cases.
  • Explain how to navigate the court system and work with lawyers and judges who are pulled into these cases.

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