Donation Process

Patient, family or health care team (HCT) makes referral

  • Individuals can donate tissue from surgical procedures, such as tumors or diseased organs removed during transplant surgery.
  • Individuals can donate tissue or organs after death, including those that cannot be used for transplant.

NDRI obtains consent/authorization and medical/social history

  • NDRI provides the necessary documents to be completed for donation.
  • Based on the medical/social history, NDRI creates a donation plan that identifies potential tissues to recover, the recovery specialist and recovery facility.

Patient, family or HCT notifies NDRI of pending medical events

  • For surgical donation: The patient or family lets NDRI know in advance of scheduled surgery, so we can implement the recovery plan in a timely manner.
  • For post-mortem donation: Family or HCT is asked to notify NDRI of any significant decline in the patient’s health status, so NDRI can implement the recovery plan in a timely manner.

Family or HCT notifies NDRI of patient death

  • Family or HCT is asked to provide information necessary for recovery, including patient name, time of death, cause of death, patient location and funeral home/crematorium.

NDRI initiates the recovery process

  • NDRI will finalize and activate the donation plan, keeping all involved updated on progress.
  • Partners recover donated organs and tissues.
  • NDRI provides donated organs and tissues to approved researchers.

Patient, family or health care team (HCT) makes referral

  • Individuals can donate tissue from surgical procedures, such as tumors or diseased organs removed during transplant surgery.
  • Individuals can donate tissue or organs after death, including those that cannot be used for transplant.

NDRI obtains consent/authorization and medical/social history

  • NDRI provides the necessary documents to be completed for donation.
  • Based on the medical/social history, NDRI creates a donation plan that identifies potential tissues to recover, the recovery specialist and recovery facility.

Patient, family or HCT notifies NDRI of pending medical events

  • For surgical donation: The patient or family lets NDRI know in advance of scheduled surgery, so we can implement the recovery plan in a timely manner.
  • For post-mortem donation: Family or HCT is asked to notify NDRI of any significant decline in the patient’s health status, so NDRI can implement the recovery plan in a timely manner.

Family or HCT notifies NDRI of patient death

  • Family or HCT is asked to provide information necessary for recovery, including patient name, time of death, cause of death, patient location and funeral home/crematorium.

NDRI initiates the recovery process

  • NDRI will finalize and activate the donation plan, keeping all involved updated on progress.
  • Partners recover donated organs and tissues.
  • NDRI provides donated organs and tissues to approved researchers.