When a patient has a nonsurvivable injury or illness, families or patients may elect to withdraw life support. In some of these cases, it may be possible to recover organs for transplantation after support is withdrawn and after circulatory determination of death.
The initial referral and collaboration between the hospital and Donor Network of Arizona is the same. However, if proceeding down the donation after circulatory death (DCD) pathway, there are some things that are different. This diagram shows the DCD process.