I love my job and I love the work I do. The only downside I've seen is when I encounter people who don't understand the process and have really negative things to say that are inaccurate or uninformed.
The first thing you need to know about donation is where to find information about it. Click here for that information. A wonderful website called Donate Life will give you all you need to know.
- It's not just organ donation, there's tissue donation and eye donation.
- Organs that can be donated aren't donated until you are officially dead (usually brain dead). Those are heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, pancreas, and intestines.
- Tissues that can be donated aren't donated until you are officially dead. Those are skin, bones, vertebral bodies, juvenile cartilage, heart valves, ribs, veins, eyes, and adipose tissue.
- For eyes, the donation can be the whole eye or just the corneas.
- You can donate for transplantation to help others directly, or for research/medical education purposes.
- If you sign up with your state to be a donor, that is a legally binding document, you have to change it with the registry if you change your mind.
- No one wants to kill a patient just to get their organs. It's better to save the patient you know and are currently taking care of than doing something to them for another patient you don't even know. Plus, most of what you can do to kill someone would ruin them for donation anyway, defeating the purpose.
- Donation will not affect a traditional viewing for most funerals.
- Organs and tissues from someone who has been deceased for a long time is against federal regulations, so the process happens rather quickly (within 24-36 hours past death declaration) for procurement.
- No donation process will take place without the consent of a close family member/friend.
28,663 Organ Transplants Performed in 2010
14,502 Organ Donors in 2010
As of March 2010,
110,541 Patients Waiting
60,758 Multicultural Patients
1,785 Pediatric Patients