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Michigan Libraries for Life Training Slides


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For the past two years libraries across Michigan participated in a simple and effective campaign to educate patrons about organ, tissue, and eye donation and offer the opportunity to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. This effort was originally spearheaded in 2010 by the University of Michigan's Taubman Health Sciences Library, but has expanded to include libraries on several university campuses across the state; University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses, along with libraries at Eastern Michigan University, and Grand Valley State University. The 2011 collaborative effort resulted in registering 414 new organ donors, reaching over 1500 visitors with information on organ donation and registration information.
More than 95% of Americans support organ, tissue and eye donation. In Michigan, only 34% of adults have joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, far lower than the 43% average nationwide! That discrepancy is largely due to state residents not knowing how to properly sign up. Michigan Libraries for Life helps to address that informational need.

We are excited to bring this life-saving event back in 2012, expanding to include many more public, academic, and special libraries. This year’s 2-day drive will start on Tuesday, October 2nd and run through Wednesday, October 3rd. Participating libraries are welcome to join the effort for as many hours as they are able to staff a registration table, from 2 hours to 2 days.

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Michigan Libraries for Life Training Slides

  1. 1. Partnering to Save and Improve Lives Jennifer Tislerics Special Events & Partnerships Coordinator 734-922-1048 or 800-482-4881, ext. 1048
  2. 2. • Federally designated organ and tissue donation program for Michigan since 1971. • Liaison between 175 critical care hospitals and 8 transplant centers • Strong partner with the Michigan Eye-Bank and Michigan Secretary of State • Independent, non-profit based in Ann Arbor • Maintains the confidential Michigan Organ Donor Registry What is Gift of Life?
  3. 3. What is Gift of Life? Organ & Tissue Recovery • Obtain consent & work with donor families on-site or by phone • Locating, matching, tissue typing for organ transplants • Recover organs & tissues for transplantation, therapy, education and research Education  Educate hospital staff, funeral homes, driver ed students, the public  Maintain the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, in cooperation with the Secretary of State
  4. 4. Why Donation Matters
  5. 5. Which Organs Can Be Donated? •Heart •Lungs •Pancreas •Liver •Kidneys •Intestines • More than 119,000 Americans are waiting for a transplant • 3,200 Michigan residents need an organ transplant • One donor can save up to 8 lives
  6. 6. Who Needs Organ Transplants? Organ transplantation is the last available option for people with end-stage organ failure. Sherry had genetic cardiomyopathy. Thanks to a generous Michigan family Sherry received a heart transplant, allowing her kids to keep their mom.
  7. 7. Organ Donation • 77 patients get a transplant each day in the USA. • However, 18 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant. • More than 119,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant nationally. That’s enough to more than fill Michigan Stadium!
  8. 8. Which Tissues Can Be Donated? •Bone •Heart Valves •Veins •Tendons •Nerves •Skin •Cornea •Sclera • Nearly 900,000 tissue transplants are performed in the United States each year. • One in 20 Americans will need some type of tissue transplant. • More than 50 recipients can benefit from one single tissue donor.
  9. 9. How is Tissue used? Tissue grafts are widely used in the fields of sports medicine, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery, plastic surgery, dentistry and podiatry. Kristin received a bone transplant in her arm (replacing cancerous bone) at age 13, allowing her to continue playing sports and following her dreams. Thanks to her donor family, Kristen is able to serve her community as a police officer.
  10. 10. BEFORE AFTER The Gift of Sight
  11. 11. After a basketball injury damaged her eye, Gina received a cornea transplant. Being able to see kept her on the court, and helped her earn both basketball and academic scholarships to college. “I am forever grateful to my cornea donor.” -Gina Gonzales The Gift of Sight
  12. 12. Call to Gift of Life •Organs: When clinical triggers reached, or brain death testing begins •Tissue: After death has been declared Authorization & Medical Suitability •First Person Authorization, or •Family approached if wishes unknown •Organs: Gift of Life staff go on-site to review files, determine eligibility, talk to hospital staff •Tissue: Gift of Life staff contact families by phone Medical/Social History •Family provides •Hospital records •Laboratory testing of blood samples Matching & Viral Testing •Gift of Life’s histocompatibility lab Recovery •Current hospital or surgical center •After recovery, the body will be taken to the funeral home The Donation Process
  13. 13. Working Across the U.S.A. Organs are allocated based on: • Severity of illness • Blood type • Size • Antigens (HLA) • Geography • Time Waiting
  14. 14. First Person Authorization • Michigan law passed in 2003 • Signing the back of your license or joining the Michigan Organ Donor Registry is a legally binding contract • Next-of-kin can only override the decision if there is proof that the patient changed his/her mind or did not want to be a donor. First Person Authorization means that the Donor Registry is binding. Of course, the family’s comfort and cooperation are still very important.
  15. 15. Michigan Organ Donor Registry
  16. 16. Mobile Website
  17. 17. Why does organ donation affect ethnic minority communities more? African Americans are more likely to… •Have Increased Risk for:  Heart Disease  Diabetes, and  Other conditions that can lead to organ failure •Find a genetically compatible match within their own racial or ethnic group Chef Oliver recently received his second kidney transplant.
  18. 18. Why does organ donation affect ethnic minority communities more? African Americans are… • 12% of the U.S. population • (14% in Michigan) • 12% of the donors nationwide • (20% in Michigan) • 35% of the national waiting list for kidney transplants • 47% of the kidney waiting list in Michigan Andrea received a kidney and pancreas transplant.
  19. 19. • Provides a positive outcome in response to an unexplainable loss. • Offers a rare and unique opportunity to save and improve the quality of someone's life. • Provides an avenue for the decedent to "live on through the lives of others.” • Leaves a lasting legacy. Why Do Families Choose to Donate ? Chase’s brothers created a triathlon team in his memory, promoting donation in all 50 states.
  20. 20. Donor Family Follow-Up • Certificate of Appreciation • Gift of Life medallion • Donor Family Gathering • Donor Family Quilts • Volunteer opportunities • Correspondence with recipients • “The Next Place” book, courtesy of MTF
  21. 21. Common Misconceptions Doctors won’t try as hard to save my life if they know I signed up. Gift of Life is not contacted until every attempt to save the patient’s life has been tried. The hospital staff trying to save your life are completely and legally separate from the transplant team.
  22. 22. Common Misconceptions I’m too old to donate. The oldest organ donors (so far) have been 93 years old. The oldest tissue donor was 103.
  23. 23. Common Misconceptions I have [insert name of any disease], you don’t want my organs. Your medical history at the time of donation will determine what can be transplanted. People with cancer, hepatitis, HIV, diabetes and lupus have become donors!
  24. 24. Common Misconceptions I signed the back of my license, so I’m all signed up.
  25. 25. Donation Facts • There is no cost to donate. • Funeral arrangements and open casket viewings need not be affected by donation. • Most major religions approve of donation and consider it an act of charity. – Almost all others support the individual’s right to decide
  26. 26. • Wealth and social status do not play a factor in the waiting list. • The donor’s family can designate a particular waiting list candidate to receive the organs or tissues, if it’s a good medical match. Donation Facts
  27. 27. FAQs • I'm only 17, do I need parental consent? – Minors can join the Donor Registry. If still a minor at the time of donation, LNOK can override that decision. • My home is in [state/country] and I am only here for 2 years for school, can I still join the registry? What does that mean once I go home? – Donor Registries are state-by-state, but we work cooperatively. People from all 50 states and Canada are in the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
  28. 28. FAQs • Can I specify which organs I want to donate? – The Donor Registry is not able to track specifications like these, because medical technology advances rapidly and what can be donated in the future may not be known today. However, a “Peace of Mind Registry” is being developed, where you can upload all your end-of-life decisions, including limitations to organ, tissue or eye donations. • Can I get off the registry at a later date? – Sure, just send us a letter in writing.
  29. 29. More Information
  30. 30. Running a Drive in Your Library
  31. 31. Volunteer Suggestions • Librarians and library staff • High school students • Local Gift of Life volunteers • Greek system – service clubs • FRIENDS of the library • Boy/Girl Scouts seeking community service
  32. 32. Registration Tables • Computer connected to the internet • Volunteer to assist registration process • Literature about organ, tissue & eye donation • Table FAQs and materials to help volunteers answer questions • Paper registration forms • Swag (hearts, cups, pens, etc.) • Donor quilts
  33. 33. Table Setup Ideas
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  39. 39. Donor Quilts • Donor families have an opportunity to create a quilt square to honor their family member. • Quilts and stands can be shipped to your library free of charge • Contact Jennifer Tislerics to reserve a quilt
  40. 40. Donor Quilts
  41. 41. Registration URL
  42. 42. Website
  43. 43. Facebook
  44. 44. Tracking Statistics • Registered at the table • Already registered • Just picked up information or asked questions Send the above stats to Kate at the close of your drive (
  45. 45. Thank You for Giving the Gift of Hope!