Did you know that almost 120,000 Americans are on lists waiting for an organ transplant and countless others are in desperate need of tissue, cornea, blood or platelets? On Tuesday, February 14th, as you perform your daily lifesaving tasks as a nurse or other healthcare professional, think about those multitudes of individuals waiting for donation services. Since 1998, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has designated February 14th as National Donor Day.
It is fitting that Valentine’s Day is chosen to recognize the vital role that organ, tissue, and other donations play in saving and prolonging the lives of so many people each year. Many employers choose to have mobile blood donation drives on National Donor Day, while other organizations campaign for individuals to sign up as an organ donor. As a healthcare professional, you are already saving lives, but have you considered signing up to become an organ and tissue donor? National Donor Day is the perfect opportunity to have the conversation with your family and loved ones about becoming a donor. If you are already a donor, maybe you can convince another to make that same choice.
There are many myths about organ donation that are easily dispelled, such as those with medical conditions or the elderly becoming organ donors. Anyone regardless of medical history or age can sign up to be a donor. The organ transplant team will make the appropriate determination at the individuals time of passing as to whether the donation is possible. Most religions in the United States view organ donation in a favorable light and consider it to be a final act of love and generosity. Truthfully, there is no good reason not to offer others the chance to live in the event of your passing.
Coinciding with this year’s National Donor Day, HHS has launched a website dedicated to organ donation, called organdonor.gov. At this website, you can find a series of resources to learn about organ donation, find organizations that support donations, and read stories of fellow Americans whose lives have been saved through the organ donation process.
If you or a loved one wants to become a donor, visit the donation registration page and select your home state. If you are already a donor and feel strongly about spreading the message of organ donation, learn all about ways that you can get involved by visiting the participation page at organdonor.gov.
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