Get The Facts
While research shows that more than 80% of the population supports the concept of donation, the national consent rate remains near 50%. Then why the discrepancy? When presented with the option of donation, many people say that they didn't know their loved ones wishes, as they never had a discussion about donation. Other times people say that they do not know enough about donation to make this decision. Another reason that people decline to donate is that they have been exposed to false or misleading information about donation and base their decision upon those myths.
LifeQuest strives to educate the public on the importance of organ donation and to answer any and all questions people may have about donation. Test your own knowledge of organ donation by reading through the following statements:
- Fiction: It will cost my family money to donate our loved one's organs.
- Fact: There are no costs to the donor's family for the recovery of organs. The procurement programs are responsible for those costs.
- Fiction: If doctors know that I carry a donor card, they may not make every effort to save my life.
- Fact: Emergency medical personnel have one mission - to save your life. The discussion of organ donation will take place only after all life-saving efforts have been exhausted. Making the decision to be an organ donor will not affect the quality of care you receive in the hospital.
- Fiction: Organ donation is against my religion.
- Fact: All major eastern and western religions either support donation or leave the decision up to the individual. If you would like additional information on the official position of your faith, please contact us for a written statement.
- Fiction: If I am an organ donor, then I can't have an open casket funeral.
- Fact: Organ donation is not disfiguring and will allow for an open casket funeral. The donation process will not cause a delay in normal funeral arrangements.
- Fiction: I'm too old to be an organ donor.
- Fact: People of all ages should consider themselves potential organ donors. Age alone is not a disqualification for donation.
- Fiction: You wouldn't want my organs.
- Fact: Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs can be donated. Our clinically trained staff will assess which organs, if any, can be recovered for life-saving transplantation.