Potential Donor Audit

The national Potential Donor Audit (PDA) commenced in 2003 as part of a series of measures to improve organ donation. The principal aim of this audit was to determine the potential number of solid organ donors in the UK and provide information about the hospital practices surrounding donation.

The data collection was revised in October 2009, which changed some of the wording of the questions being asked, to aid clarity, and the definitions of terms used. More reasons for why particular patients did not become solid organ donors were also collected.

On 1 April 2013, the upper age limit increased from 75 to 80 years and cardiothoracic ICUs were included in the audit. At the same time, changes were made to certain definitions, terminology and questions.

In June 2015 the data set was further revised in preparation for the introduction of new legislation in Wales in December 2015 allowing individuals to register a wish not to donate their organs.

A copy of the current data set can be found here; this information is gathered for each patient that dies in a critical care unit (intensive care or emergency department) in all UK hospitals. The information is gathered by Specialist Nurses - Organ Donation (SN-ODs) and input to NHSBT databases for analysis. The patient's postcode is used for demographic analysis and truncated after two years, so that only the first part of the postcode is stored in the long term.

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