25 died waiting for transplant last year.
Five British Columbia hospitals plan to hire organ donor coordinators so fewer patients die while waiting for a transplant, said BC Transplant executive director Dr. Greg Grant.
In B.C., an immediate family member is allowed to sign a donor consent form for someone who didn't sign one before their death.
Physicians working in intensive care who focus their energies on saving lives often find it awkward asking families for organ donations when their efforts fail, Grant said.
"They're worried they'll be seen working for the donation side and a lot of times they feel uncomfortable so asking families is overlooked," he said.
As a result, many organs go to waste.
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