Why Manitoba's organ donations doubled in 2 years


'Tell your family what you want,' U of M critical care program director urges

Manitobans can declare end of life organ donation wishes on the Sign Up for Life website at signupforlife.ca. (Shutter stock)

The number of organ donations more than doubled in two years in the province, but many Manitobans continue to decline end-of-life donation requests on behalf of family members because they haven't discussed the idea.

Thanks to a mandatory referral policy introduced in 2014 by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, donations rose from 35.1 per cent that year to 74.3 per cent in 2016.

"Our target is 90 per cent and beyond and we are working hard with our hospital partners to achieve this goal," Dr. Adrian Robertson, medical director of the Gift of Life program, said in a statement.

The mandatory policy made it routine for medical professionals working in intensive care units and emergency rooms to notify Transplant Manitoba's Gift of Life program about a suitable donor whose family had decided to pull life support. Continue reading
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