5 Reasons You Should Register As An Organ Donor Today
Nurses and medical professionals understand the power of organ donation. Becoming an organ donor is one of the noblest actions you can take in our modern world. A person registered as an organ donor can save as many as 8 lives, and improve the lives of nearly a dozen individuals.
However, despite the fact that 95% of all US adults support organ donation, only about 48% of all US adults are registered as organ donors. This “donation gap” is the reason that April has been established by the US Government Information on Organ Donation and Transplantation as “National Donate Life Month”.
One thing is very clear – there simply aren’t enough donors to provide patients with the organs they need to survive. Currently, there are over 119,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, and 22 people die each day while they wait for an appropriate organ to become available to them. And though the number of people in need of organ transplantation continues to grow, the total number of transplants and donors has barely fluctuated in the last 10 years.
It’s crucial that as many people as possible sign up for organ donation – partly because only 3 people in every 1000 die in a way which allows for organ transplantation. Increasing the number of people registered to donate organs has a massive effect on overall organ availability – and this is the primary focus of National Donate Life Month.
In this article, we’ll take a look at how to sign up to be an organ donor – and tell you the basics about how many lives you could save, simply by choosing to donate life this April.
How To Sign Up As An Organ Donor
If you’re not already registered, there are three primary ways in which you can sign up to be registered as an organ donor – but each will vary slightly depending on which state you live in.
- Take A Trip To The DMV/BMV – Most people sign up to be an organ donor when registering or renewing their driver’s license or state identification card. Next time you need to go to your local DMV or BMV to renew your license, ask about organ donation – you’ll be registered in the donor registry for your state.
- Register Online – It’s easier than ever to register as an organ donor online. Simply head to gov, select your state, and complete a simple online registration. You’ll just have to fill out a few forms, and you’ll need a valid driver’s license or state identification card.
- Register By Mail – Some states allow you to register for organ donation by mail. You can access a form at your local DMV/BMV, or download a paper form yourself. Fill it out, send it to the appropriate state authorities, and you’ll be registered as an organ donor.
Understanding How Many Lives Your Organs Can Save
It’s hard to overemphasize just how valuable your organs are to those who are in need. If you pass away and you’re listed as an organ donor, you can save up to 8 lives. Here’s how each organ in your body can be used to save lives.
- Kidneys (2) – Kidneys are the single most-needed donor organ. Your kidneys can save the life of a patient with renal failure – a single kidney is all that’s required to get patients off of dialysis, and allow them to live normal lives.
- Heart – Heart transplantation can allow individuals with faulty or damaged hearts to live a normal, happy life.
- Liver – Liver transplantation can save the lives of people who have failing livers due to afflictions like acetaminophen overdose, autoimmune diseases such as hepatitis, and vascular diseases.
- Lungs (2) – Lung transplants can provide a higher quality of life for people with chronic lung diseases caused by emphysema, cystic fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, among others.
- Pancreas – Pancreas transplants are common among people with type 1 diabetes, offering a potential cure for the condition.
- Intestines – Your small intestine can be transplanted to individuals who suffer from chronic or acute intestinal failure, providing them with massively improved intestinal function, and a potential cure for their disease.
By signing up as an organ donor, you could save up to 8 lives, so in our opinion, signing up to be an organ donor is a total no-brainer.
Sign Up Today To Be An Organ Donor – And Encourage Others To Do So
We would encourage you to sign up as an organ donor today. If you’re already an organ donor, great! You should spread the word, and encourage friends, family, and coworkers to make sure that they’re registered as organ donors.
And if you’re unsure whether or not you’re registered, take the time to ensure that you are. You can call your local BMV or DMV to check your registration status, or go through an online sign-up at organdonor.gov.
Taking the time to make sure you’re signed up to donate your organs and encouraging your family and friends to do the same is one of the best ways you can contribute to the cause of National Donate Life Month. If you’d like to further your involvement, we recommend getting involved on the National Donate Life Month website.