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Most Common Myths about Donation

MYTH #1
Signing an organ donor card or putting it on a driver's license is a legally binding way to become an organ and tissue donor.
FACT
A person can do these things to indicate that they would like to be a donor; however, the next of kin makes the ultimate decision through the use of informed consent. Expressing ones wishes to their family and discussing it is truly the only way to be a donor.
Once the family indicates that they would like their family member to be a donor, information about age, gender, cause of death, health and social history, and funeral arrangements for the deceased are verified. Afterwards the informed consent process begins where each organ and tissue that could be recovered is discussed and determined whether or not it will be donated. Both VERBAL and WRITTEN consent must be given for the recovery process to begin

MYTH #2
Signing an organ donor card will affect the quality of medical care received at the hospital
FACT
Medical care is ALWAYS based on what is necessary to save a patient's life and it will NOT affect quality of medical care patients receive in a hospital.

 

MYTH #3
Organ and tissue donation cost too much money for the grieving family.
FACT
There are NO costs to the grieving families. All expenses are paid by the procurement agencies that are associated with the procurement process; however,the families still must cover all charges that lead up to it.


MYTH #4
Many religions do not accept donation.
FACT
On the contrary most religions do accept donation and feel it is an act of charity.


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