Resources for Hospitals

Clinical Triggers
The donation process begins with the referral phone call when specific “clinical triggers” occur. These give guidance to hospital staff and OPOs to know when patients should be referred as potential donors. These guidelines come from a combination of data sources, best practices, donation and transplantation outcomes. | Download the Information Sheet

Catastrophic Brain Injury Guidelines (CBIGs)
Catastrophic Brain Injury Guidelines are based on national best-practices that provide the best scenario for maintaining the option of donation (as CMS designates) from the time of referral until the donation decision is made. These guidelines mirror standard care for critically ill patients, even in the situation of brain death or palliative care. There are separate CBIGs for adult and pediatric populations. | Download CBIG Guidelines: Adult | Pediatric

Brain Death Information
Brain death is a clinical diagnosis made in accordance with state law. Brain death can be difficult to explain. Our “Understanding Brain Death” pamphlet is an education resource that donor hospitals can use when speaking with families. It can be handed out to families in this situation to help them continue the conversation in layman’s terms among themselves and with others. | Download Additional Information

Healthcare Provider’s Guide
LifeNet Health has prepared a single reference document that includes information about the legal basis, CMS requirements, processes, and best practices to facilitate donation. Our “Healthcare Provider’s Guide” answers questions about navigating the donation process as a provider. | Download the Healthcare Provider's Guide