TABLE S-2 Actions to Increase Organ Donation


  • Register as an organ donor through driver’s license, donor card, or donor registry

  • Inform family members of organ donation decisions


  • Discuss organ donation decisions

  • Honor prior donation decisions made by the deceased family member

  • Provide consent for donation if the deceased family member did not make a decision regarding donation

Healthcare, emergency care, and transplantation systems

  • Implement system changes

  • Sustain mechanisms and support for continuous quality improvement

  • Integrate organ donation and end-of-life care practices and services

  • Expand donation opportunities

  • Increase opportunities for donation after circulatory determination of death

  • Expand and enhance professional education about organ donation and end-of-life care

Nonprofit organizations, academia, government, media, employers

  • Provide multiple opportunities for donor registration and education

  • Encourage registration through donor cards, driver’s licenses, or donor registries

  • Promote programs to increase donor awareness

  • Improve media coverage to increase public awareness and reduce misperceptions

  • Increase public education

  • Coordinate efforts through the use of

  • Donor registries

  • Uniform state laws

  • Fund research on innovative approaches to increasing rates of organ donation and enhancing organ viability

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