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Monday, April 2, 2012

Gift of Life Requires Team Effort

Iowa Hospital Association | Kirk Norris
April is National Donate Life Month and features a full slate of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to become organ, eye and tissue donors. Hospitals throughout Iowa, in collaboration with IHA and Iowa Donor Network (IDN), are kicking off initiatives to increase the number of registered organ, tissue and eye donors in the Iowa Donor Registry.

The Iowa Donor Registry is a confidential, computerized database that documents a person’s consent to donate organs and tissues. Information contained in the registry is only accessed by IDN when a person is declared dead or death is imminent. A person’s registered “donor designation” is legally binding and can’t be overturned by family or others. Additional witnesses or family consent is not required.

Both IHA and IDN are proud that Iowa has one of the best donor registries in the nation. Each donor registry entry is a gift of hope. With 67 percent of Iowa’s adult population registered as donors, these individual “gifts of hope” have helped increase the number of designated donors nationally to over 100 million. This represents a 45 percent increase in the number of designated donors since the launch of the Donor Designation Collaborative in 2007.

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