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If the patient is able to make their own decisions, the healthcare team should obtain their views on organ donation, and their consent. However, if the patient is close to death and is unable to consent to organ donation, the healthcare team should try to find out what they think about organ donation by asking you or other people close to them, checking whether they are on the donor register, or if they have made a living will. The healthcare team should ask you or other people close to them about the patient's values and preferences.
You should be given time to understand that death is inevitable and to spend time with the patient before a nurse or doctor talks to you about organ donation.