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Weekend effect: analysing temporal trends in solid organ donation

Other research suggests patients treated over weekends experience poorer outcomes. One study performed in the USA suggested that fewer organ retrievals happen at weekends, and of those organs retrieved, more are discarded and not used than during the week. The CODE team thought it was important to see how the Australian donor procurement service performed. We found of 3496 potential donors referred for consideration, 694 (20%) progressed to organ procurement. In Australia, the donation pathway operated consistently throughout the week, with donation no less likely to proceed on weekends and holidays.

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