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CHAPTER 4








         LIVING DONOR EVALUATION STAGES





           A summary                                       Interested Donor


                  of the                          ABO Blood Type Compatability


                various

                                                 HLA (tissue type) Compatability
              stages of

                                                          1 Day Assessment
          assessment          TO INCLUDE NEPHROLOGY, SOCIAL WORKER AND, ON OCCASION, PSYCHOLOGY REVIEWS,
                                                    BLOODS AND CT SCAN ALL ON SAME DAY

           involved in                                      CT of Abdomen


                      the

                                                            Surgical Review
            evaluation

                                                        Independent Assessor
          of potential


                   living                                  Final Cross Match


                 donors                        PROCEED TO TRANSPLANTATION





                      INITIAL DONOR ASSESSMENT AND INFORMATION SESSION


        THE FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF WHAT HAPPENS, AT THE BEGINNING OF THE JOURNEY
        TOWARDS BECOMING A LIVING KIDNEY DONOR:
        ● The potential donor contacts the transplant         ● Tissue typing results take approximately six
           co-ordinators’ office for general discussion of       weeks to process and are reviewed at a large
           living kidney donation. The donor’s blood group       meeting of different professionals.
           compatibility is now assessed and he or she is     ● Once your tissue typing results are available, you
           given the living donor information book. Blood        will be phoned by a co-ordinator to advise you of
           may also be taken for tissue typing tests. You will   the results. You will be offered an appointment
           be encouraged to watch the living kidney              for a one-day donor assessment. This will involve
           donation video. You should watch this video on        you coming to Beaumont hospital and having an
           www.beaumontkidneycenter.ie  before you               a lot of blood and urine tests and a number of
           come to the clinic for evaluation.                    scans.                               contd next page

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