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J Korean Med Assoc. 2014 Feb;57(2):137-142. Korean. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2014.57.2.137
Joo J .
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. jiyo1004@catholic.ac.kr
Abstract

Brain death is the irreversible end of all brain activity including involuntary activity necessary to sustain life. Since the first organ transplantation from a brain-dead donor in 1979, organ transplantation has been developing continuously in Korea. The Organ Transplantation Act was enacted in February 2000, making brain-dead organ donation legal in Korea, and the Korean Network for Organ Sharing (KONOS) was simultaneously launched, permitting the organized procurement and distribution of organs. Once brain death is declared, aggressive fluid management, use of vasopressors, and mechanical ventilation should be maintained between brain death and organ donation to keep all other vital organs completely functional, providing optimal opportunities for organ donation.

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