EDTCO Organ Donation Meeting

The next industrial revolution: new role for the transplant coordinator in organ recovery and repair

SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2017 | 10.00 – 14.30 
EDTCO Organ Donation Meeting


10.00 – 10.10 Welcome

10.10 – 11.40 Industry 4.0: New role for the transplant coordinator in organ recovery and repair

  • Heart donation in DCD donors: an option for other countries?
  • Ex situ organ perfusion: what are the benefits and risks for organ repairing?
  • New role and responsibilities: transplant technicians in organ preservation (in situ/ex situ).
  • Discussion with the experts

11.40 – 11.55 Coffee break

11.55 – 13.25 Donation revolution: changing paradigms

  • Changes in cerebro-cardiovascular treatment incorporating donation as part of the end of life care
  • Increase of patients in therapeutic ECMO, does it interfere in organ donation?
  • Matching expanded donor profiles to selected recipients: HIV to HIV, successfully treated HCV to naive recipients?
  • Discussion with the experts

13.25 – 13.35 Break

13.35 – 14.25 Lunch symposium - Living donation: the redefined role of transplant coordinator?

  • Pros and cons of transplant coordinators as donor advocate
  • It’s time for financial incentives to promote living donation?
  • New challenges in living donation: Europe confronting with transplant tourism and organ trafficking
  • Paired kidney exchange between European countries to improve transplant opportunities
  • Discussion with the experts

14.25 – 14.30 Closing remarks




To promote better understanding of the barriers to deceased donation. To develop knowledge and skills in end of life care, donor management and family support. To enhance collaboration between healthcare professionals working in the fields of intensive care medicine and organ and tissue donation.

Target audience:
Healthcare professionals involved in intensive care and emergency medicine, end of life care, organ and tissue donation and coordination. Patient, family and society representatives, EU commissioners and political representatives.


EDTCO in pills:
EDTCO is a section within ESOT dedicated to donation and procurement activities. Goals Increase organ and tissue availability. Ensure the quality and safety of organs and  tissues for transplantation. Optimise the safety of living donors and care for deceased donors and their relatives. Optimise potential recipient care and follow-up through effective clinical coordination.

To establish clinically effective programmes in organ and tissue donation, procurement and transplantation by supporting and representing all healthcare professionals involved in the process.