Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
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WESTPHAL, Glauco Adrieno et al. Guidelines for potential multiple organ donors (adult). Part III: organ-specific recommendations. Rev. bras. ter. intensiva [online]. 2011, vol.23, n.4, pp. 410-425. ISSN 0103-507X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-507X2011000400005.
Brain death (BD) alters the pathophysiology of patients and may damage the kidneys, the lungs, the heart and the liver. To obtain better quality transplant organs, intensive care physicians in charge of the maintenance of deceased donors should attentively monitor these organs. Careful hemodynamic, ventilatory and bronchial clearance management minimizes the loss of kidneys and lungs. The evaluation of cardiac function and morphology supports the transplant viability assessment of the heart. The monitoring of liver function, the management of the patient's metabolic status and the evaluation of viral serology are fundamental for organ selection by the transplant teams and for the care of the transplant recipient