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The Role of Emergency Responders in Donation
Emergency responders and law enforcement play a crucial role in the tissue and eye donation process. As an emergency responder, you can have a direct impact by notifying Iowa Donor Network (IDN) of all deaths that occur outside of a hospital. In doing so, you ensure that all Iowans are given the opportunity to leave a living legacy through tissue and eye donation.
Iowa Donor Network is committed to working closely with your agency to develop procedures to ensure that all deaths are called in to to IDN within a time frame that preserves the opportunity for donation. Please review the resources and references below and contact a member of our Professional Outreach Team if you have any questions or would like more information on developing donation initiation procedures for your agency.
To learn more about the impact of donation, please visit our Understanding Donation page.
Patient Care Reports (Run Reports)
IDN requires a copy of medical interventions performed on potential donors to facilitate organ, tissue, and eye donation. Therefore, patient care reports or run reports may be requested during the active donation process or at a later time for donor screening and release of tissue for transplant.
Iowa Donor Network will provide you with a confidential fax number at the time the patient care report is requested. As a healthcare professional, you are protected by HIPAA section 164.512 to “disclose protected health care information to organ procurement organizations or other entities engaged in the procurement, banking of transplantation of cadaveric organs, eyes, or tissues for the purpose of facilitating organ, eye, or tissue donation and transplantation.”
Your Role in Donation: A Guide for EMS, Fire & Rescue, and Law Enforcement
Basic Death Notification Information for EMS
Common Screening Questions for Out of Hospital Deaths
Death Notification Trigger Card
Example Policy Template for Referring a Death to IDN for EMS
Appendix J of EMS Treatment Protocols