ANZICS Professional Statements

 

The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) is the leading advocate for medical intensive care practice. The ANZICS Committee on Death and Organ Donation Represents the Society’s interests in matters related to brain death, organ and tissue donation and organ donation after circulatory death (DCD).

The Committee is responsible for developing and promoting the following statements:

ANZICS Statement on Death and Organ Donation

The purpose of this statement is to provide a standard for intensivists and other health care workers in relation to the determination of death and the conduct of organ and tissue donation, including donation after circulatory death (DCD). 

This statement provides assurance to the Australian and New Zealand communities that determination of death and the conduct of organ and tissue donation are undertaken with diligence, integrity, respect and compassion, and in accordance with available medical evidence and societal expectations.

 

Brain Death Determination Statement

The purpose of this statement is to summarise the specific evidence-based approach used in Australia for determination of brain death by intensive care specialists. It is intended to assure the Australian community that the tests described are both necessary and sufficient for diagnosis and confirmation of brain death. It describes the circumstances in which further testing, such as brain blood flow imaging, is required.

This statement will play an important role in addressing any public confusion or uncertainty about the clinical process for determination of brain death, and ensure the utmost public confidence in the Australian process of organ and tissue donation. This confidence is essential for families to ask and know the donation wishes of their loved ones and to continue to uphold those wishes.

 

Circulatory Death Determination Statement

The purpose of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Statement on Circulatory Death Determination is to summarise the approach used in Australia for determination of circulatory death by intensive care specialists.

This statement is intended to ensure the utmost public confidence in the Australian process of organ and tissue donation and the clinical process for determination of circulatory death. This confidence is essential for individuals and families when making decisions about donation.

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