The national Potential Donor Audit (PDA) commenced in 2003 as part of a series of measures to improve organ donation. The principal aim of this audit was to determine the potential number of solid organ donors in the UK.
The data collection was revised in October 2009, which changed some of the wording of the questions being asked, to aid clarity, and the definitions of terms used. This new data collection also provides more reasons for why particular patients did not become solid organ donors.
The new PDA collects information on patient deaths in ICUs and emergency departments but excludes cardiothoracic ICUs. Patients aged 76 years or over are also excluded from the national audit criteria.
"I don't want my bits to go to waste. I hope I shall live to a ripe old age, but if not, then I want my organs used for the benefit of others."
Alistair Watt, age 26