The most precious gift of all is the gift of life. Despite the millions of U.S. adults who have already registered as organ donors, the need for more registered organ donors is continually increasing. Here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose , our emergency care, heart health and robotic surgery teams encourage our neighbors to join the organ donor registry today.
Organ donation waiting list
The need for organ donors is constant, because the organ donation waiting list continues to increase each year at a rate that significantly exceeds the number of donors. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are more than 119,000 people in the U.S. currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant . A new name is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.
In 2015, surgeons performed 30,970 organ transplant surgeries. This was the first year that the number of organ transplants exceeded 30,000. About 80 people receive organ transplants every day, yet an average of 22 people still die every day because there aren’t enough donor organs.
Organ donor registry
Surveys show that the majority of U.S. adults are in favor of the idea of organ transplants, yet less than half are registered as potential organ donors. It’s a common misconception that most registered organ donors will actually be able to donate after their death. In fact, just three out of every 1,000 registered donors will die in a way that allows them to donate their organs.
Organ transplant surgeries
When one person dies in a way that allows the hospital team to extract organs, he or she can save up to eight other lives. Assuming that all of the donor’s organs are suitable for transplant, surgeons can save others with the use of the following donor organs:
In addition to saving lives, organ donors can improve the health and quality of life of up to 100 other people. This is accomplished with donor tissues, such as corneas, ligaments and skin grafts.
The highly trained dialysis providers and emergency care physicians at Regional Medical Center of San Jose see the need for organ donation every day. If you live in the San Jose area and have concerns about registering as an organ donor, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our caring healthcare providers. You can contact a nurse at our hospital by calling (888) 762-8881.