Save Lives with Organ Donation

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Being proactive by registering as an organ donor now can help save a life (or multiple lives) in the future. The number of people needing organ transplants continues to rise, while viable, registered donors are declining. We’d like to share some statistics and frequently asked questions from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Division of Transplantation to help you make an educated decision about organ donation.

Statistics for Transplants and Organ Donation

  • Over 116,000 people (including children) are on the national transplant waiting list
  • Another person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes
  • 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant
  • Only 54% of adults in the United States are registered as organ donors
  • One organ donor can save up to eight lives and provide life enhancing tissues for countless others

Who can donate?

Anyone can sign up to be a donor, no matter your age or medical history. The transplant team will determine the viability of your organs and tissues for donation. Approximately 80% of organ and tissue donation occurs after the donor is deceased; however, living donors can help in many situations.

What can be donated?

  • Organs: Heart, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, liver, and intestines
  • Tissues: Cornea, skin, heart valves, blood vessels, bones, and connective tissues
  • Other: Bone marrow, stem cells, and umbilical cord blood

Blood and platelets can be also donated on a regular basis as a way for living donors to help with lifesaving measures.

How are transplant matches made?

A national system called the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) matches recipients and donors using a number of factors, including blood type, body size, waiting time, location, and severity of recipients’ condition. Each type of organ has its own policy with certain factors taking priority, such as length of viability outside the body.

Should you have any questions, visit the U.S. Government Information on Organ Donation and Transplantation website or talk to your physician.

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