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Organ & Tissue Donation: The Power to Save Lives. Who We Are. Federally-designated organ procurement organization serving 6.1 million people in 79 counties of North Carolina and Danville, Virginia.

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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

    FALSE

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


    Myth #2

    FALSE

    Only rich and famous people get transplants.


    Myth #3

    FALSE

    My religion won’t allow me to donate.


    Religious ideology
    Religious Ideology

    • Some Shinto & Gypsy cultures are opposed to donation.

      NEARLY ALL OTHERS SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE DONATION AS AN INDIVIDUAL’S DECISION


    Myth 4
    Myth #4

    FALSE

    My body will be disfigured if I donate.


    Myth 5
    Myth #5

    FALSE

    I’m too old to be a donor.


    Myth 6
    Myth #6

    TRUE

    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- www.donatelifenc.org

      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


    Organ tissue donation the power to save lives1
    Organ & Tissue Donation:The Power to Save Lives

    1-800-200-2672

    www.carolinadonorservices.org


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