Living Organ Donors Save Lives
Fri, 2/11/2011 9:11 AM
Have you talked to your friends and family about becoming an organ donor? If you haven't, today is the perfect time. Consider carefully the following:
There is a shortage of donation as evidenced by these numbers. Talk to your family and friends today about organ donation. Sign up today by registering as an organ donor and sign to save a life at www.donatelife.com
Transplant trends are retrieved from www.unos.org and updated daily.
The leading form of treatment for many types of end-stage organ failure, organ transplantation has saved and enhanced the lives of more than 300,000 people in the United States. Increased need has led to a rise in living donor liver transplants, living donor kidney transplants and organ splitting. Living donation, transplanting all or part of an organ from a living person, has risen dramatically over the last few years. Find out more about the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tenn.
Melissa Moore is a transplant coordinator for the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, contact the Transplant Institute at email@example.com. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Locate a transplant surgeon in Tennessee or call 866.805.7710 for more information.
A Guide to Living Donation
Wed, 9/22/2010 11:03 AM
Did you know there are multiple advantages to living organ donation? Transplant patients have a higher success rate after transplantation. They spend less time on the waiting list and are better prepared for transplant surgery since the timing can be planned. Patients have a better quality of life and better organ compatibility especially with blood related donors.
Here are some of the most common questions about living organ donation:
Who Can Be a Living Donor?
What Do You Do To Become A Living Donor?
Contact the Transplant Center at 901.516.8466 to begin a screening questionnaire
Who Pays For the Donor Testing?
Typically the recipient’s insurance will pay for the testing. This will be verified by one of our Financial Case Manager’s per case.
Who Pays For the Donor Surgery?
Typically the recipient’s insurance will pay for the operation and follow up in the post transplant clinic. This will be verified by one of the Financial Case Manager’s per case.
What Testing Will I Need To Complete My Evaluation?
Promote Organ Donation to Save Lives
Mon, 5/03/2010 3:46 PM
Methodist North Hospital recently partnered with Community Tissue Services and the Mid-South Transplant Foundation to promote tissue and organ donation awareness.
“Organ and tissue donation can save and improve lives in the Mid-South and across the nation,” said Lynne Wilson, MSN, RN, CNOR, Administrative Director at Methodist North. “Joining the donor registry gives hope to those in need of organ and tissue transplants, while leaving a legacy of generosity for the donor and his or her family.”
Several awareness seminars and educational activities were hosted to promote organ donation throughout the hospital. The Mid-South Transplant Foundation, a federally designated Organ Procurement Organization, sponsored a flag-raising ceremony to further generate awareness about donations. The ceremony was conducted by Boy Scout Troop #17 on a flagpole located near the front entrance of Methodist North Hospital.
Methodist North’s efforts for getting people signed to the tissue and organ donor registry will help the more than 2,288 Tennessee residents who are waiting to receive life-saving hearts, livers, lungs, kidneys and other organs.
For more information on how to become an organ and tissue donor, visit the Tennessee Donor Registry.
8 Reminders for Pre Transplant Clinic
Tue, 4/20/2010 11:46 AM
Melissa is a transplant coordinator for the Mehtodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, contact the Transplant Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Locate a transplant surgeon in Tennessee or call 866.805.7710 for more information.
Donate Life Month
Mon, 4/12/2010 9:38 AM
Today you can save a life! April is here and with that brings national Donate Life month. On the first of the month, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) had record of 106,729 Americans waiting on solid organ transplants. Last year only 28,464 organs were recovered for transplant.
At the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, we currently have 501 people waiting on a life saving organ transplant. Last year, we were able to help over 250 of these patients. Through solid organ donation, organ splitting and living organ donors, you can help us save more lives, in less than five minutes today. Today is the day to decide if you want to be an organ donor. Registering is easy and each person who registers could save as many as 8 lives. The first step to take is to register as an organ donor in your home state.
If you live in Tennessee, you can visit the TN Donor Registry. Here you can fill out a simple online form, which will automatically register you as an organ donor. Arkansas residents can indicate their donation preferences on the reverse side of their driver’s license and residents of Mississippi can visit Donate Life MS to become a registered organ donor. If you live anywhere else in the United States you can visit, Donate Life to find the laws regarding organ donation, and how to register, in your state.
The final step in deciding if you want to be an organ donor is simply telling your family your wishes. It may seem like a difficult discussion, but letting your family know your wishes will alleviate any confusion or stress in an already difficult time for them. There are many misconceptions about organ donation. If you have any concerns about organ donation you can visit www.donatelife.net to get the facts. Today is your day to be a hero. Please consider registering to be an organ donor.
You can also look for information about organ splitting, living donor kidney transplants, living donor liver transplants and other ways that you can make a difference for someone who needs an organ transplant. Donate Life!
Amanda Dean is a Nurse Practitioner at the Pre-Transplant Clinic. For more information contact the Transplant Institute at email@example.com. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Locate a transplant surgeon in Tennessee or call 866.805.7710 for more information.
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