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Friday, February 17, 2012

Organ donations ‘stagnant’ since 2006 - Canada

The Spec  | Hamilton, Canada

But the need has grown ‘considerably’ a report shows

The need for organs for transplant still outpaces the supply in Canada, says a new report on organ donation.

In 2010, 557 living organ donors and 465 deceased donors contributed to 2,103 solid organ transplants — and the Canadian Institute for Health Information says the numbers are similar to what they were in 2006.

“Organ donations, whether they’re from living or dead donors, have remained relatively stagnant since 2006, and while that doesn’t sound like a problem, the need for organs has actually increased considerably over the same time period,” said Claire Marie Fortin, manager of clinical registries at the institute.

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