Organspende – Nicht nur eine intensivmedizinische Aufgabe

Publikation: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftÜbersichtsartikel (Review)EingeladenBegutachtung


In 2019 a total of 756 people died in Germany while registered on the waiting list for an organ transplantation. With 10.8 organ donors/million inhabitants in 2019, Germany belongs to the bottom group in the Eurotransplant foundation as well as worldwide. All political attempts to increase the number of organ donations have so far been unsuccessful. Furthermore, the pandemic triggered by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) led to a further decline in organ donations. Critical care physicians play an important role in the identification of potential doners and are also the main point of contact for relatives; however, multiple uncertainties exist regarding the process of organ donation not only in discussions in the media and society but also among physicians involved in intensive care medicine. Many assumptions and hypotheses, which have been associated with the low number of donors, lack scientific evidence and are discussed in this article.


Seiten (von - bis)311-317
FachzeitschriftDie Anaesthesiologie : Zeitschrift für Anästhesie, Intensivmedizin, Notfall- und Katastrophenmedizin, Schmerztherapie
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Apr. 2022

Externe IDs

PubMedCentral PMC8647959
Scopus 85121382619
ORCID /0000-0002-6741-4983/work/145224647



  • COVID-19, Critical Care, Humans, Organ Transplantation, SARS-CoV-2, Tissue Donors, Tissue and Organ Procurement