The donor health care professional

Donor health care is essential to the provision of substances of human origin for the treatment of patients. In addition to medical factors, legal, social and ethical aspects also play a major role in the availability of donors and their body materials. The donor professional focuses on the selection of donors, obtaining Substances of Human Origin (SoHO), aftercare and donation compatibility for recipients based on the needs of recipients, and has specific knowledge in order to safeguard the quality and safety of the collected SoHO. To perform this task, the donor professional adheres to the medical diagnostic process: history, additional diagnostic tests, physical examination and interpretation of results.

Deciding on donor suitability
Based on the diagnostic investigations, the donor professional makes decisions about the medical suitability of the donor and donation for the recipient, and performs medical (technical) interventions. For donor professionals, this pertains specifically to medical interventions to obtain body materials, and the prescription and administration of medication, actions that may only be performed by qualified professionals. The donor professional provides adequate aftercare, evaluate the medical process and, where necessary, translate this to changes in medical policy.

Intermediate role
Although the donor health care professional, in general, is not the persons who uses the substances of human origin, the donor health care professional plays an important intermediate role between the donor, the donation on one hand and the and the ultimate use of the donated material on the other hand. The donor health care professional has knowledge about the use of the product, its indications, compatibility and complications from a ‘producer’s point of view’. Education of the donor health care professional will improve safe and effective use of substances of human origin, also with respect to medical and ethical aspects of allocation.