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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

4 hours to complete

Brain Death and Consent

4 hours to complete
17 videos (Total 96 min), 1 reading, 5 quizzes
17 videos
About this Course3m
Introduction to Week 11m
Dead Donor Rule4m
History of Brain Death6m
Mechanism of Brain Death3m
The First Heart Donor8m
Basic Principles3m
Preconditions Required for Brain Death7m
Brain Death - Clinical Testing7m
Additional Brain Death Tests and International Variability4m
Ancillary Tests5m
Brain Death Reenactment9m
Consent for Donation after Brain Death7m
Communicating Effectively6m
The Organ Donation Request8m
1 reading
How This Course Works5m
5 practice exercises
Dead Donor Rule and Consent30m
History and Mechanism of Brain Death30m
Scientific Determination of Brain Death30m
Informed Consent and Communication30m
Week 1 Graded Quiz30m

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Donation after Circulatory Death

4 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 70 min)
12 videos
A Good Death4m
Principles in Medical Ethics6m
Withdrawal of Treatment7m
An Approach to Withdrawal of Non-beneficial Treatments2m
Circulatory Death Certification7m
Donation After Circulatory Death9m
Types of Donation After Circulatory Death3m
Consent for Donation After Circulatory Death5m
Donation After Circulatory Death Reenactment11m
Donation of Tissues and Bones4m
What Happens to the Body4m
4 practice exercises
End of Life Care30m
Donation after Circulatory Death30m
After Organ Donation30m
Week 2 Graded Quiz30m

Week 3

3 hours to complete

The Organ Donation Process

3 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 84 min)
14 videos
Donation - Who Can Donate What?6m
Donation - Medical Assessment and Work-up of the Donor5m
Donor Management8m
Organ Procurement5m
Organ Preservation and Transport4m
The Waiting List - The Need6m
Organ Allocation - Ensuring Fairness9m
The Recipient Operations10m
Interview with Recipients54s
Interview with Namhlatobi Gansanhla4m
Interview with Mrs Mayekiso5m
Interview with Selengan Samuel Khalani6m
Interview with Clive Marais8m
4 practice exercises
The Organ Donation Process30m
Practice Quiz - Waiting List and Allocation30m
Practice quiz - A New Life30m
Week 3 Graded Quiz30m

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Ethical Issues in Transplantation

4 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 53 min)
10 videos
Money and Transplantation7m
Travel and Transplantation3m
Organ Trafficking7m
Religion and Organ Donation4m
Culture and Organ Donation3m
Assessing the Potential of Deceased Organ Donation6m
Deceased Donation Models6m
Strategies to Improve Deceased Organ Donation6m
Public Awareness Campaigns7m
4 practice exercises
Money, Travel and Organ Trafficking30m
Religion and Culture30m
Improving Deceased Donation30m
Week 4 Graded Quiz30m



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