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Despite continuing efforts at public education, misconceptions and inaccuracies about organ and tissue donation persist. It’s a tragedy if even one person decides against donation because they don’t know the truth.
As part of Donate Life month we thought debunking some of these commonly believed myths about donation would be helpful. Perhaps you have heard these myths, or believed some of them yourself. Here are the facts vs. the fiction of organ and tissue donation.
Common Myths of Organ and Tissue Donation:
Myth: If emergency room doctors know you’re an organ donor, they won’t work as hard to save you.
Fact: If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ donation can only be considered after brain death has been declared by a physician. Many states have adopted legislation allowing individuals to legally designate their wish to be a donor should brain death occur, although in many states organ procurement organizations also require consent from the donor’s family.
Myth: Having “organ donor” noted on your driver’s license or carrying a donor card is all you have to do to become a donor.
Read more: http://primarychildrenshospitalblog.org/2012/04/11/busting-the-myths-of-organ-and-tissuedonation/