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What ICU nurses in different Austrian hospitals know and think about the Austrian organ donation law

Gabriele Zettel1, Angela Horvath2, Ekaterina Vorobyeva2, Christian Auburger3, Michael Zink4, Philipp Stiegler1* and Vanessa Stadlbauer2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 21, 8036 Graz, Austria

2 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

3 General Public Hospital of the Order of Saint Elisabeth, Linz, Austria

4 Brothers of St. John of God Hospital, St. Veit/ Glan, Austria

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BMC Medical Ethics 2014, 15:46  doi:10.1186/1472-6939-15-46

Published: 17 June 2014


We previously reported a high level of information on the Austrian organ donation law in medical and non-medical students, patients and ICU nurses, whereby ICU nurses at University Hospital in Graz (nā€‰=ā€‰185) were very well informed and also had the most critical view of the Austrian organ donation law.

This letter reports the extension of our previous study to ICU nurses from hospitals with a Christian background (nā€‰=ā€‰60). We found that ICU nurses in hospitals run by religious congregations considered the Austrian organ donation law to be good more often than did those at the University Hospital in Graz. A positive attitude was also influenced by gender and prior knowledge of the law.

Reasons for this could be the Christian orientation of the hospitals or exposure to organ donation and transplantation procedures on the job.