Wisconsin Health News
The American Tissue Services Foundation honored AMC for the first time while Theda Clark is being honored for the second year in a row.
AMC achieved a 35.14 percent conversion rate – a huge improvement over its 5.35 percent rate in 2010. Theda Clark’s conversion rate was 48.72 percent. The conversion rate measures how many donations were received from eligible candidates.
Noelene Arnett, the leader of AMC’s Organ Procurement Organization, said increased training and awareness about organ and tissue donation is the reason for the dramatic increase.
“All intensive care unit nurses are trained to be designated sequesters, which means they are trained to recognize potential donors, how to approach families and support them through the process, and how to care for the patient until the donation is made,” she said.
Arnett said tissue donation isn’t just limited to the ICU. She said most tissue donors at AMC came through the Emergency Department.
“The work done by the staff at Appleton Medical Center has helped donor families create a legacy and makes something positive at a difficult time in their lives,” said Lori Shinstine, vice president of the American Tissue Services Foundation.