Recovering organs to save lives
The Donor Care Association (DCA) of the University Hospital of Zurich is responsible for coordinating the whole process of the organ donation. Their work starts once someone is identified as a potential organ donor (someone who is braindead). This encompasses coordinating all the relevant tests and processes that lead up to recovery of the organs and their transport to the recipient as well as supporting the donor’s relatives with all possible aid in that difficult period of time. The DCA is not responsible for the allocation of the organs (which is done by SwissTransplant) nor the transplantation process which is done by other institutions/entities.
The pictures stages in intensive care, where the donor is being nursed and relatives have the possibility to take leave of their loved on and to mourn their loss, the transport to the operating room as well as preparations of the room, the recovery of multiple organs and the final preparation of the body for pathology.