Nurses are the key to increasing South Africa’s low number of organ transplants. Link to study: Nurses’ knowledge about and attitudes toward organ donation in state and private hospitals in Johannesburg, South Africa David Thomson editorial:  Organ donation in South Africa – a call to action  Academics at Wits University uncovered overwhelming support for transplants among hundreds of nurses they questioned‚ but found that the lack of a structured protocol for referring potential donors meant they were uncertain of how to go about it. "Internationally‚ similar changes in legislation and guidelines have resulted in a significant increase in donor referrals‚" said Harriet Etheredge‚ an expert in medical ethics and organ transplants. Etheredge and her Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre colleagues Kim Crymble and June Fabian said a suitable protocol should emphasise teamwork and clarify the role of doctors‚ "as nurses need to be aware of how they might navigate relationships … in the eve...

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