We encourage caregivers to prepare the patient’s family for the phone call from IDN or ILEB. Our staff is specially trained to answer a family’s donation questions with sensitivity and care.
Suggested language: "Another member of the healthcare team will be contacting you regarding end-of-life decisions."
In order to move forward with donation, the next-of-kin will be asked to answer questions regarding the donor’s social history, including information on travel, infection, sexual history, and drug or alcohol abuse. This information is needed to make sure corneas can be safely transplanted. If the family refuses to provide this information, donation is generally NOT pursued.