It is estimated that one in three people on the transplant waiting list either die or become too unwell to receive a life saving organ transplant. This is due to a shortage of suitable organs for transplantation for a variety of reasons.
There may be things that doctors can do prior to organ transplantation that will improve the quality of organs. To help doctors learn more about this requires research on transplant organs.
The purpose of the QUOD project is to set up a resource that can support research intended to improve the outcomes of transplantation and make previously unusable organs available for transplant. The research will look at what factors influence the success and failure of organ transplantation, and how injury to transplanted organs can be prevented. This will include studying biological material and the best way for it to be treated in the course of transplant.
If you consent to participation in the QUOD programme, our medical team will take small samples of the kidneys, ureter, liver and spleen, as well as some blood and urine samples throughout various stages of donor management. These samples will be of similar size to a match-stick head, except the spleen, which will be about the size of a sugar cube. Blood and urine samples will be no more than 6ml each.
These samples will then be stored anonymously.
It is important to note that samples like this are taken routinely and will not effect the use of the organs for transplantation in any way.
If you decide not to take part in the research, no samples will be taken. This will not have any impact on your decision to donate your relative's organs and your decision will not change the care provided to your relative.
If you change your mind, please contact your Specialist Nurse in Organ Donation to let them know. We will then no longer use any data recorded and the samples will be destroyed. However, samples and data which have already been used up to that point cannot be withdrawn.
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