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Gift of Life Michigan

  1. 1. Organ, Tissue & Eye Donation<br />Gift of Life Michigan<br /><br />800-482-4881<br /><br />
  2. 2. Why Donation Matters<br />(Cue video of Kerry Hutchins)<br />
  3. 3. What is Gift of Life?<br /><ul><li>Federally designated organ and tissue donation program for Michigan since 1971
  4. 4. Liaison between 175 critical-care hospitals and eight transplant centers
  5. 5. Independent, non-profit based in Ann Arbor
  6. 6. Maintains the confidential Michigan Organ Donor Registry in collaboration with the Secretary of State
  7. 7. Open 24/7, 365 days a year</li></li></ul><li>Who is Gift of Life?<br />Federally designated organ & tissue recovery organization for Michigan<br />Organ & Tissue Recovery<br /><ul><li> Obtain consent & work with donor families on-site
  8. 8. Locating, matching, tissue typing for transplant
  9. 9. Recover organs and tissues for transplantation, therapy, education and research.</li></ul>Education<br /><ul><li> Educate hospital staff, funeral homes, public
  10. 10. Maintain the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, in cooperation with the Secretary of State</li></li></ul><li>Organ and Tissue Donation<br />17-19 people die each day waiting for an organ in the United States.<br />More than 110,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant nationally.<br />That’s enough to fill Michigan Stadium!<br />
  11. 11. Types of Donation<br />Organs that can be donated:<br />Heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys and intestine<br />One organ donor can save up to 9 lives<br />Tissues that can be donated:<br /><ul><li>Corneas/eyes, heart valves, bone, soft tissues and veins
  12. 12. One tissue donor can improve the quality of life for 75 to 100 recipients</li></li></ul><li>United Network for Organ Sharing and Organ Placement<br />UNOS allocates organs to transplant centers based on:<br /><ul><li>Severity of illness
  13. 13. Blood type
  14. 14. Size
  15. 15. Antigens (HLA)
  16. 16. Geography
  17. 17. Time Waiting</li></li></ul><li>Michigan Organ Donor Registry<br />First Person Consent means that the Donor Registry is legally binding. Of course, the family’s comfort and cooperation are still very important. <br />
  18. 18. First Person Consent<br /><ul><li>Michigan law passed in July 2003
  19. 19. Signing your driver’s license or signing up on the donor registry is a legally binding contract
  20. 20. Consent for donation is not needed from next of kin
  21. 21. Next of kin cannot rescind consent without proof that patient did not want to be a donor</li></li></ul><li>Common Misconceptions<br />About the Michigan Organ Donor Registry<br /><ul><li> I signed the back of my license, so I’m all signed up.
  22. 22. Doctors won’t try as hard to save my life if they know I signed up.
  23. 23. I’m too old to donate.
  24. 24. I have [insert name of any disease], you don’t want my organs.</li></li></ul><li>Why Do Families Choose to Donate ?<br />Provides a positive outcome in response to an unexplainable loss.<br />Offers a rare and unique opportunity to save and enhance the quality of someone's life.<br />Provides an avenue for the decedent to "live on through the lives of others.“<br />Leaves a lasting legacy. <br />
  25. 25. Donation Facts<br />There is no cost to donate.<br />Funeral arrangements and open casket funerals need not be affected by donation.<br />Most major religions approve of donation and consider it an act of charity.<br />Wealth and social status do not play a factor in receiving an organ.<br />People of all ages and medical histories are potential organ, tissue and eye donors.<br />
  26. 26. Donor Family Follow-Up Programs<br /><ul><li> Donor Family Ceremonies
  27. 27. Certificate of Appreciation
  28. 28. “The Next Place” book, courtesy of MTF
  29. 29. Donor family quilt patch
  30. 30. Gift of Life medallion
  31. 31. Donor Family Newsletter
  32. 32. Volunteer opportunities
  33. 33. Recipient follow-up and correspondence</li></li></ul><li>FAQs<br />I'm only 17, do I need parental consent? <br />Minors can join the Donor Registry. If still a minor at the time of donation, LNOK can override that decision.<br />My home is in Africa and I am only here for 2 years for school, can I still join the registry? What does that mean once I go home?<br />Donor Registries are state-by-state, but we work cooperatively. People from all 50 states and Canada are in the Michigan Organ Donor Registry<br />Many questions about religious opinions on organ donation. <br />All major religions support donation, or the individual’s right to make their own decision.<br />
  34. 34. FAQs<br />Can you be registered in more than 1 state?<br />Yes, every state’s registry works a bit differently. <br />Can I get off the registry at a later date? <br />Sure, just sent us a letter in writing.<br />Can I specify which organs I want to donate?<br />No, because medical technology advances rapidly and what can be donated in the future may not be known today.<br />
  35. 35. Want More Information?<br />We publish a monthly list of Michigan patients currently waiting for organ transplants, and many other statistics.<br /><br />@GiftOfLifeMich<br />Available 24/7 at<br />
  36. 36. Join the MichiganDonor Registry<br />If you don’t have a red heart sticker on your driver’s license or state ID, you’re not fully registered.<br />Go to<br /><br />or call<br />800.482.4881<br />