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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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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
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


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


  • Register on North Carolina’s State Registry-


  • 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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Organ & Tissue Donation:The Power to Save Lives