Dr. Chris Barry discusses the myths and facts about organ donation in a special segment of our Trew friends informational video "Connecting with Trew friends".
Every day, tens of thousands of people in the United States are waiting for an organ transplant. Thousands die waiting because less than half of the families of potential donors consent to donate As of December 2012, over 116,000 people in the US were listed on the transplant waiting list.
In most states, the family will be consulted about organ donation. In many states, family members are often asked to give final consent even for an individual who has a signed donor card, indicated on his driver's license, or listed with a donor registry. You can learn the law in your state by visiting www.unos.org. Please talk to your family about organ donations.
Over124,000people are on the national waiting list for organ donation.
Only45.5%of US residents over the age of 18 are registered...more than 131millionhave yet to sign up.
Every10minutes, a person is added to the national transplant waiting list.
Every day,21people die while waiting for an organ transplant.
4,743organ transplants were performed from Jan-Feb 2015.
Over17,105kidney transplants were performed in the US in 2014 with more than 5,535from living donors.
Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.
It takes one hour to donate one pint of blood, which can save three lives. Consider donating at your local blood bank; it's an easy life-saving measure! To find your nearest blood center visit www.americasblood.org