TABLE 10-1 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

tions after circulatory determination of death (DCDD). Although the committee recognizes the challenges in developing and implementing DCDD programs, the opportunity to save lives necessitates a careful effort to fully explore the recovery of organs after the circulatory determination of death.

It is the committee’s hope that this report will contribute to the development and implementation of new efforts to increase the rates of organ donation. In addition, the committee hopes that these efforts, along with concurrent actions focused on the prevention of health conditions that lead to the need for transplantation and research to explore alternatives to transplantation, will significantly reduce the size of the organ transplant waiting list in the near future.

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