You could save eight lives with one decision!
Apr. 21, 2016
Itâs not a topic that we typically jump at the chance to discuss, but mortality is a very real fact. In your health care training, youâll inevitably come into contact with the topic and it might just lead you to reflect on yours. As sobering as this topic usually is, it doesnât have to be. What if you knew that upon your death, you could actually save eight lives? You can. By becoming an organ donor. As this infographic points out, although 98 percent of adults in the United States have heard of organ donation and 90 percent say they support it, only about 45 percent are registered as organ donors. April is Organ Donation Month. Itâs a time where organizations and groups across America engage in important conversation and encourage others to consider the gift of life. With an average of 21 people dying each day because they canât get the organs they need, now is the time for action.
Consider this Visual Representation
When You Choose to GiveHow does your choice affect eight unique lives? When you choose to donate, you can give the life-saving gift of your:
- Heart Valves
How to Become a DonorThe most important thing to do is toÂ sign up as an organ and tissue donor in your state's donor registry. To cover all bases, it's also helpful to:
- Designate your decision on your driver'sÂ license
- Tell your family about your donationÂ decision
- Tell your physician, faith leader andÂ friends
- Include donation in your advance directives, will and livingÂ will