Weekly Clinical Service Dose: National Donate Life Month April
Donation and Transplantation FAQs
What is National Donate Life Month?
- A month to celebrate those who have received transplants, to recognize those who continue to wait, to honor donors and donor families, and to thank registered donors for giving hope.
Who can be a donor?
- People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential deceased donors.
- Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.
- Living donors should be in good overall physical and mental health and older than 18 years of age.
- Some medical conditions could prevent an individual from being a living donor.
- Transplant programs complete a full patient evaluation to protect both living donor and recipient health and safety.
Does registering as a donor change my patient care?
- Doctors work hard to save every patient’s life, but sometimes there is a complete and irreversible loss of brain function.
- The patient is declared clinically and legally dead.
- Only then is donation an option.
Does my religion support organ, eye and tissue donation?
- All major religions support donation as a final act of compassion and generosity.
Is there a cost to be an organ, eye and tissue donor?
- There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for donation.
Why should I register my decision to be a donor?
- Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine.
- It offers patients a new chance at healthy, productive and normal lives, and returns them to their families, friends and communities.
The vast majority of Americans support donation as an opportunity to give life and health to others. Unfortunately, many people overlook the important step of registering as a donor. Donors are often people who die suddenly and unexpectedly. Their families are then faced with making the decision at a time of shock and grief. Registering relieves your family of this burden and serves as a gift to them, as well as to the grateful recipients of your donation.
Donation and Transplantation Statistics
- In 2016, more than 33,600 transplants brought renewed life to patients and their families and communities (from 9,900 deceased and 5,900 living donors).
- Each year, there are approximately 30,000 tissue donors and more than 1.75 million tissue
- A single tissue donor can help more than 75 people.
- 48,000 patients have their sight restored through corneal transplants each year
- More than 138 million people, approximately 56% of the U.S. adult population, are registered organ, eye and tissue donors.
To register your decision to save and heal lives, visit RegisterMe.org. To learn more about organ, eye, tissue and living donation, visit DonateLife.net.
National Donate Life Month Blue & Green Day 2018 is Friday, April 13th!
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