TO END THE WAIT
HOW DONATION WORKS
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A person arrives at a hospital with a life-threatening brain injury and is immediately placed on a ventilator.
Medical teams work hard and do everything possible to save their patient’s life. Once loss of brain function is determined, doctors declare the patient clinically and legally dead and begin the donation process by contacting Indiana Donor Network.
Indiana Donor Network begins by checking the national donor registry and makes contact with the patient’s family. During a time of tragedy, donation can turn loss into a time of hope.
Indiana Donor Network assumes clinical care of the patient in preparation of organ and tissue recovery. Meanwhile, an Aftercare Coordinator offers support throughout the family’s grief journey.
A national system matches available organs from the donor with patients on the national wait list. Many factors are taken into consideration.
- Blood Type
- Body Height & Weight
- Severity of Illness
- Donor Distance
- Tissue Typing
Some things are NEVER considered. Organs are never matched based on someone’s race, gender, income or social status.
Once matches are found, the wait-listed patients are contacted by their transplant teams.
Organs are recovered from the donor by highly-skilled surgeons with care and respect then transported to hospitals for transplantation.
Transplants restore life for patients and provide second chances to create new lifelong memories.
DONATION FAST FACTS
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