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Living Organ Donors Save Lives
last updated:
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:

  • As of January 5, 2011 there are 110,233 patients on the national transplant waiting list (UNOS).
  • There are 72,269 patients nationally that are active status on the transplant waiting list (UNOS).
  • There have been 23,953 transplants nationally from January – October 2010.
  • There have been 12,081 donors nationally from January- October 2010. (unos.org)

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.

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Melissa Moore is a transplant coordinator for the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, contact the Transplant Institute at transplant@methodisthealth.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.

A Guide to Living Donation
last updated:
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?

Friend
Family
Emotionally Related Friend

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?

  • We will begin with blood typing and crossmatching blood from donor and recipient
  • Other labs will include chemistries, complete blood count, clotting factors, 24 hour urine to assess kidney function, urinalysis, viral studies, other labs as needed
  • Procedural testing will include chest x-ray, CT scan, GFR (kidney function test), cardiac testing as indicated
  • Outside referrals or additional testing will be made as indicated

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Melissa Moore is a transplant coordinator for the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, contact the Transplant Institute at transplant@methodisthealth.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.

Promote Organ Donation to Save Lives
last updated:
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
last updated:
Tue, 4/20/2010 11:46 AM
  1. Update your phone numbers. This is such an important factor for the pre transplant nurses to have so they can update your file. The nurses at the pre transplant clinic need updated phone numbers on file so that we may contact you, especially if we get an organ donation offer.
  2. Always bring your medications or an updated list of meds you are taking so the nurse can verify for any changes. Medications can change during your evaluation and listing period, so it is important for the nurses to know exactly what you are taking.
  3. Bring your insurance card so that we can put the information on the chart. This information can change during your evaluation and listing period too, so please contact the center if your benefits change.
  4. Bring a support person. This is always helpful due to the amount of information that you will be given on your visit. Having someone else to help you remember and store everything will make your visits easier.
  5. Bring the names and numbers of other providers/physicians that are caring for you. Many times we will need to send a release of information to obtain other testing that may have been done at an outside facility. This will help with your evaluation and may prevent ordering unnecessary testing.
  6. Annual testing reports such as mammogram and pap smear should be with you. Women over 18 will need annual pap smears and women over 40 will need annual mammogram reports. Having these available may reduce your time in work up and facilitate your listing with UNOS.
  7. Be on time for your visits. We want to give you as much time as possible to go through your evaluation and ask any questions. We don’t want to rush you and this will show our staff your desire to work with us for your organ transplantation.
  8. Bring a list of questions you may have regarding transplant. Write these down prior to your visit so we don’t miss anything. Even with a good memory, it’s sometimes hard to recall questions you’ve thought about before your visit. We’re here to answer questions and support you through your organ transplant. If you have a question about a specific type of organ transplant, take a look these pages on Kidney Transplant, Liver Transplant, Pancreas Transplant and Kidney-Pancreas Transplant.

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Melissa is a transplant coordinator for the Mehtodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, contact the Transplant Institute at transplant@methodisthealth.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
last updated:
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!

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Amanda Dean is a Nurse Practitioner at the Pre-Transplant Clinic. For more information contact the Transplant Institute at transplant@methodisthealth.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.

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