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On 17, Apr 2013 | No Comments | In | By Cathy

Organ Donation – “Window of Good-bye”

by Kanas Leung

The Consent

In the room, where doctor or donoration coordinator discusses organ donation with donor’s family is also a “hand-over” boarder between family and patient. Once consent is signed, transplant surgical team will take over and transfer the body to operation room. And family will not be able to see the patient in physical form again. Time is critical and as well for family to make decision since the “goodbye” is too sudden and psychologically they might not prepare.

The objective of this project is to enhance family’s decision-making experiences in the discussion room, possibly increase the consent rate with patient’s presence and at last smoothen their tough experience after the decision-making.

Executions – “Window of Good bye”

A clean and decent room for discussion between doctor or donor coordinator and family is set up with multiple high-definition televisions mount on wall live streaming just like the window in ICU. Family will be seeing and hearing the sync of visual and sound like it is from next door. This co-existing environment shortens the distance between patient and family. And family’s decision would surely be affected under patient’s presence. After consent, family could have their choices to witness the “handover” within the room until patient left the ICU. Lastly, either such consent has fulfilled patient’s last wish or under family’s will, the family should be exhausted yet relieved in somehow. A small bottle of essential oil will be given to who attended in the meeting. This oil is created for nerve relaxation and to help sleeping, which they could use in either bath, light it as room scent or spray on bed. The purpose is to give all members a good rest after what have been through. In a spiritual way, dreaming might connect to their love one, once again.

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