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Organ tissue donation the power to save lives

Organ & Tissue Donation:The Power to Save Lives

Who we are
Who We Are

  • Federally-designated organ procurement organization serving 6.1 million people in 79 counties of North Carolina and Danville, Virginia.

  • Staff members are available to provide hospitals with 24-hour, on-call assistance and on-site support.

In Our Area

  • 104 referring community hospitals

  • Four Transplant Centers

    • Duke University Medical Center

    • UNC Comprehensive Transplant Center

    • ECU – Pitt County Memorial Hospital

    • Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Our mission
Our Mission

“Carolina Donor Services saves and improves lives through our commitment to increasing organ and tissue donation."

Vital statistics
Vital Statistics

  • More than 98,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant in the United states

  • Last year 6,038 people died in the U.S. while waiting for a transplant

  • Every 12 minutes a new name is added to the transplant waiting list

“The List of Life” as of April 23, 2008

Transplants performed in 2006 data as of april 2007
Transplants Performed in 2006Data as of April 2007

Living and related donors
Living and Related Donors

  • Prefer a blood relationship to recipient, but any relationship is considered.

  • Living and related donors are tested through the Transplant Centers.

    • Blood tests

    • Psychological tests

Donor referral
Donor Referral

  • Hospitals are required by law to contact Carolina Donor Services to inform us of all deaths.

  • Often, families initiate discussion about donation prior to our involvement.

Donor characteristics
Donor Characteristics

  • Patient’s Medical/Social history is reviewed on a case-by-case basis for suitable donor characteristics.

    • In general good health

    • Time of death is known for tissue donation

    • Has been declared brain dead for organ donation

Brain death vs cardiac death
Brain Death vs. Cardiac Death

  • Those who die from cardiac death can be tissue donors, and in certain circumstances, kidney & liver donors.

  • Those who are declared brain dead can be organ donors.

    • Cessation of brain activity in the brain stem

      • No breathing without aid of ventilator

      • No reflex responses – gagging, blinking, pain indication

Obtaining consent
Obtaining Consent

  • Carolina Donor Services’ donation coordinators speak with families.

    • Educate

    • Grief counseling

    • Discuss donation

    • Offer bereavement/Life Anew services

  • Families can decide what tissues to donate and what not to donate.

After consent
After Consent

  • All medical costs for the donor AFTER CONSENT become the responsibility of Carolina Donor Services.

  • Tests are done to determine matching characteristics for recipients.

  • Operating room time is scheduled for the recovery procedure.

Matching donors with recipients
Matching Donors with Recipients

  • Matched through UNOS computer database

    • Blood type

    • Body size

    • Medical Urgency

    • Location

    • Time on list

Bereavement program
Bereavement Program

  • Carolina Donor Services offers bereavement services to donor families

    • Support Groups

    • Handles confidential information about donor families and recipients

    • Facilitate correspondence

  • Memorial Services are held in April

  • Medal of Life is awarded for their act of generosity

  • The power of one
    The Power of One

    Onedonor can:

    Enhancethe lives of over 50 people through tissue donation

    Savethe lives of up to 8 people through organ donation

    Organs that can be donated
    Organs that can be Donated

    • Heart

    • Lungs (2)

    • Liver

    • Pancreas

    • Kidneys (2)

    • Small Intestine

    Tissues that can be donated
    Tissues That Can Be Donated

    • Skin

    • Eyes / Corneas

    • Bone

    • Veins

    • Tendons

    • Heart Valves

    Myths and misconceptions
    Myths and Misconceptions

    • The largest barrier to organ & tissue donation

      • Uninformed public

      • Misinformation

      • Gossip/Urban Legends

    Sensitivity in words
    Sensitivity in words

    • Always be sensitive of words used when talking about donation.

      • Use “recover,” “remove,” or “recovery procedure

        • NOT “Harvest” or “harvesting”

      • Say “post-death donation” or “donation after death”

        • NOT “cadaveric donation”

      • Carolina Donor Services is an “organization”

        • NOT a “company”

      • Use “donation field”

        • NOT “industry”

    Myth #1


    • Doctors won’t save me if they know I’m a donor.

    Myth #2


    Only rich and famous people get transplants.

    Myth #3


    My religion won’t allow me to donate.

    Religious ideology
    Religious Ideology

    • Some Shinto & Gypsy cultures are opposed to donation.


    Myth 4
    Myth #4


    My body will be disfigured if I donate.

    Myth 5
    Myth #5


    I’m too old to be a donor.

    Myth 6
    Myth #6


    Race does not matter

    in donation and transplantation

    How to become a donor
    How to become a Donor

    STEP 1:

    • Indicate you want to be a donor on your Driver’s License

      STEP 2:

    • Register on North Carolina’s State Registry-

      STEP 3:

    • Share your wishes with your family

    The Power ofOne

    Onedonor can:

    Enhancethe lives of over 50 people through tissue donation

    Saveup to 8 lives through organ donation

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