Wednesday, October 7, 2015

North Lyon Fire implements tissue donation protocol

Reno Gazette-Journal | Robert Perea

Monica Myles of the Nevada Donor Network talks with North Lyon County Fire Protection District personnel about the tissue and cornea donation program the district is implementing.(Photo: Submitted photo)

North Lyon County Fire Protection District Chief Scott Huntley thought he was going into a presentation on something else when he attended a discussion on tissue and cornea donation at the Nevada State EMS Conference last month in Elko.

Before he left the room, however, he knew it was something he wanted to implement in Fernley.

Under the program, the district will now participate, through the Nevada Donor Network, in referring potential donors.

Huntley said he had never heard of the tissue and cornea donation program until hearing that presentation by Northern Nevada donations service coordinator Monica Myles.

While organ donations can only take place in a hospital setting, tissue and cornea donations are still a possibility when people die outside of a hospital, such as at home or in a traffic accident. Continue reading

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