Ninety-five percent of Americans are in favor of being an organ or tissue donor but only 58% are registered. If you fall into the 95% that like the idea of being a donor, but haven’t registered, maybe it’s because you have some hesitation or questions about organ and tissue donation. As you consider becoming a registered donor, take a few minutes to get answers to common questions.
Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions according to Donate Life America:
Who can be a donor?
People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissues can be donated.
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. The donor family pays only for medical expenses before death and costs associated with funeral arrangements.
Does donation affect funeral plans?
An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process the body is treated with care and respect. Funeral arrangements can continue as planned following donation.
Does registering as a donor change my patient care?
Your life always comes first. 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.
Becoming an organ or tissue donor can save lives and give hope to patients waiting.
There are approximately 114,000 people waiting for a second chance at life. One organ, eye and tissue donor can save and heal more than 75 lives.
You can help by becoming a donor, supporting through monetary contributions or fundraising, educating others about the cause, or joining an online community.
Last year (2018) was a recording breaking year – more than 36,500 transplants were done thanks to people who decided to become donors. What better gift to give and legacy to leave than life. Let’s make 2019 another record breaking year!
Our mission at Orchard Hospital is to provide our community with superior health care. We strive to ensure that your experience at Orchard Hospital is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Our priority is to provide you with the care you need when you need it, with skill, compassion, and respect.