Top Reasons People Decide Not to Become a Donor

Posted July 5, 2013 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized Being an organ donor can be a great way to save lives. However, with an estimated 6,500 people dying each year while waiting to receive a vital organ transplant, it is clear that not everyone decided to become an organ donor.

Many people choose not to donate organs because the process requires major surgery. With major surgery comes the risk of infection, bleeding issues, or even damage to nearby organs and tissues. Pain, scarring, and time off from work may also be part of the healing process. There is also the chance that the organ donor's insurance may not cover any complications that may result from the surgery.

Other people avoid giving consent to donate their organs for religious reasons. Some religions believe the body must be left in tact for burial. Followers of this belief may have concerns that removing organs may mean their body will not be whole after they have died. There are still others who have non-religious concerns about organ donation because they believe their body will be disfigured, forcing a closed casket funeral. This is not true as the surgical incisions are stitched up before the body is prepared for funeral and burial.

Organ donation can save lives; however, the topic remains a complicated issue for some. You thought this was good? Brace yourself: Johns Hopkins: Facebook, Social Media Campaign Boosted Organ Donation   Comments Off  |  Tags:

How Many People can be Saved by One Donor?

Posted May 13, 2013 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized One organ donation can save thousands of lives. It may seem impossible, but, it is a fact. People who sign up for organ donation are potentially saving one heart patient, two kidney patients and, one bone marrow patient, to name a few. Those numbers do not add up to thousands, but, there is more to the story. Organ donation is often used in studies to help find causes of disease and ultimately help find cures that were otherwise unavailable.

Signing up to become an organ donor is as easy as visiting the local motor vehicles administration. Simply sign a form and turn it in at the office. It is also imperative to let family members know that organ donation is the choice you have made. This will help insure that the donation is made upon death. The lives of others are greatly affected by the choice made about organ donation. It costs nothing to donate and is appreciated beyond any descriptions word may have to offer.

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People Needing Organs vs. Number of Deaths Daily

Posted March 21, 2013 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, while nearly 80 people receive organs donations each day, 18 others die without ever receiving an organ. There is a huge shortage of donated organs compared to the numbers needed. Organ donation is a very personal choice that individuals and families must make for themselves, but there are some myths about organ donation that keep people from being informed enough to make a good decision.

One myth is that a hospital team will not try as hard to save an organ donor. Not only is this in violation of every ethical code followed by health professionals, but the organ donation team is separate from the medical team that is working to save lives. No one at a hospital wants to sacrifice one life in order to save another.

Another myth is that organs will be taken from someone who is not yet actually dead. This is also a fallacy. The person must be brain dead which is irreversible.

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The Importance of Being an Organ Donor

Posted March 19, 2013 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized Registering as an organ donor is usually as easy as checking a box on your driver's license renewal form, yet only 38 percent of people in the United States are registered organ donors. Common knowledge about organ donation often comes from television. Dramatizations of organ donation sensationalize the process, leaving many people afraid of donating their organs. However, 18 people die each day in the United States while waiting for an organ donation. The organs they needed simply did not become available in time to save their lives.

Some people opt out of registering as an organ donor because they have health problems such as heart or kidney conditions. However, it is likely that some part of you is healthy enough to improve or save another person's life. Doctors evaluate donors at their time of death to decide what organs and tissues can be donated. A missed opportunity for an organ can mean tragedy for a person waiting for a transplant.

People in the United States can register as an organ donor with their state, usually when getting or renewing their driver licenses. It is important to tell your family that you want your organs to be donated. Many people also choose to update their wills to include their wishes to be organ donors. This can prevent any confusion that may slow down or prevent the donation process.   Comments Off  |  Tags:

Will My Family Know Who Received My Organs?

Posted March 16, 2013 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized A common question asked by many men and women who are considering organ donation is whether or not their families will be told who received the donated organs. The answer is simple: maybe.

When an individual or his or her family chooses organ donation, many different organs and tissue samples are harvested. A single organ donor can save up to eight lives, and can help improve the lives of many others through use of corneas, skin, and more. Hospitals harvest all possible organs from the donors body, and those organs are matched with people in need. The identities of those recipients, for the most part, remain 100 percent private.

However, the family of the donor will receive basic information from the hospital or organ donation organization thanking them for the selfless act and allowing some detail about recipients. Family members may learn that a male subject of a certain age received their loved one's corneas, and another female individual received a healthy heart.

In some cases, the donor's family may write letters to the recipients, and recipients may write letters to family members. Those letters are shuttled back and forth through the organization, with identities only revealed if all parties are in agreement. Regardless of whether those people ever meet, the family members of an organ donor can be assured that their loved one will live on, helping others.   Comments Off  |  Tags:

How to Become an Organ Donor

Posted March 14, 2013 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized Becoming an organ donor is one of the most selfless acts a person can perform. Making the sometimes difficult decision to give parts of your body to others, after your death, takes a caring heart that is committed to helping those in need. After making the decision to become an organ donor, there are several things to do to make sure your wishes are fulfilled.

In most states, you must sign up as an organ donor with the Department of Public Safety. This means your driver's license or other state-issued identification will have a notation on it showing you are a registered donor. This is done so that your wishes can be known as soon as possible, should you be involved in a life-ending incident without family members present.

Additionally, you should make your wishes known. Tell friends, your spouse, and your remaining family members of your wishes. Make sure they understand how confident you are in your decision, and you can be rest assured they will follow your wishes. You may also choose to go one step further and outline your wishes in a last will and testament. From there, just be secure in the knowledge that dozens of people in need can be helped by your selflessness and generosity after your passing.   Comments Off  |  Tags:

What Organs Can be Used for Transplants?

Posted March 13, 2013 – 12:00 am in: Uncategorized Organ donation saves thousands of lives each year, but there are still startling number of people - and potential organ donors - who do not understand the process behind it. There is nothing sinister or mad scientist-like behind organ donation. In fact, the entire process is carried out carefully and thoughtfully, and only certain organs can even be harvested for donation.

Once a subject dies or is declared to be brain dead, a transplant team is immediately called and the process of matching potential, viable organs for donation with recipients begins. The deceased subject is taken into surgery, where a skilled team of surgeons carefully and delicately remove the subject's organs, which can include the pancreas, liver, lungs, heart, kidneys, intestine and thymus. Additionally, surgeons can remove bones, tendons, skin, heart valves, veins, and corneas for transplant as well.

A single, healthy organ donor can save up to eight lives, and can help improve the lives of countless others. If you decide to become an organ donor, register as one with your state's department of public safety and online. Tell your family and friends about your decision as well to make sure your wish to help others after your passing is carried out in full.   Comments Off  |  Tags: