Misconceptions About Organ Donation

 

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If you’ve never considered organ donation or delayed becoming a donor because of possibly inaccurate information, here are answers to some common organ donation myths and concerns. Myth: If I agree to donate my organs, the hospital staff won’t work as hard to save my life. Deciding to donate your organs and tissues is an important decision, often made more difficult by some common misconceptions. We’ll walk you through some of the most persistent myths about organ donation and then provide the facts so you can make the decision that’s right for you. Myth 1: You can’t be an organ donor if you are very young or very old.

Sometimes, myths and misperceptions about organ, eye, and tissue donation can prevent someone from signing up. Imagine the lives we could save if everyone knew the true facts about donation! You can help bust the myths about organ donation—and help save lives—by learning and sharing these facts.

Myth. I have a medical condition, so I can’t be a donor. When it comes to organ, tissue and eye donation, there remain many myths and misconceptions surrounding the process.

Sometimes these myths are road blocks for why people are hesitant to register themselves as a designated donor or to give consent for their loved one to be a donor. Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions about organ donation that hold some people from signing up. Before you make your decision about becoming a donor, arm yourself with the truth: MYTH: Doctors will not try to save my life if they know I am a registered organ donor. FACT: You don’t have to be in perfect health. People who smoke, drink or don’t have a healthy diet can still donate.

7 in 10 Australians wrongly believe you have to be very healthy to be an organ and tissue donor. This increases to 8 in 10 for young adults aged 18-29 years. If I am in an accident, and the hospital knows I want to be a donor, they will withhold medical treatment and not attempt to save my life. Famous or rich people get organ transplants first. Donation disfigures the body.

My loved one cannot have an open casket funeral if they are an organ and tissue donor. People in their 70’s and 80’s have saved the lives of others through organ and tissue donation. While your age and medical history will be considered, you shouldn’t assume you are too old or not healthy enough. Every potential donor is assessed on an individual basis. There is every possibility you.

Doctors who work to save lives are not the same doctors involved with organ donation. Organ donation will be considered only after every attempt has been made to save your life. From a medical standpoint, patients must receive the most aggressive life-saving care to be considered potential organ donors. What’s more heartbreaking is that these deaths are avoidable.

There is a significant shortage of registered organ donors nationwide, and rampant myths and misconceptions are keeping many people from saying yes to organ donation. The overarching truth is that one of the greatest gifts an individual can give is life.

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Organ donation for transplant—for example, kidney or heart lung transplant—is not an option when people have an active disease or illness process, but the opportunity to make a contribution to tissue and eye banks or a whole-body donation should be supported if desired.

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from Lewis’s Medical-Surgical Nursing EBook: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems
by Di Brown, Helen Edwards, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

However, the reality is that the need for organ donations is great and the opportunity rare.

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from Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing
by Betty Rolling Ferrell, Judith A. Paice
Oxford University Press, 2019

Perhaps the medical practice that most reflects the anxieties underlying the organ theft rumors is the use of living, healthy, unrelated donors who are paid to “donate” a spare organ, most commonly a kidney.

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from Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil
by Nancy Scheper-Hughes
University of California Press, 1993

Still other donors offer a kidney or a partial organ to patients whose stories have become known to them, perhaps through the media, whereas still others make a nondirected donation of a kidney to the transplantation system for use by any patient who needs it.

“Organ Donation: Opportunities for Action” by Institute of Medicine, Board on Health Sciences Policy, Committee on Increasing Rates of Organ Donation, Catharyn T. Liverman, James F. Childress
from Organ Donation: Opportunities for Action
by Institute of Medicine, Board on Health Sciences Policy, et. al.
National Academies Press, 2006

Five reasons for the low level of organ donation include lack of information about kidney transplantation, religious fears and superstitions, distrust of health-care providers, fear that donors would be declared dead prematurely, and racism (some prefer to give their organs to other African Americans).

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from Handbook for Culturally Competent Care
by Larry D. Purnell, Eric A. Fenkl
Springer International Publishing, 2019

Many myths and misconceptions surround organ donation.

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from Critical Care Nursing,Diagnosis and Management,7: Critical Care Nursing
by Linda Diann Urden, Kathleen M. Stacy, Mary E. Lough
Elsevier/Mosby, 2013

This fact, in conjunction with public perception about organ donation and brain death and limited awareness of health care professionals, has contributed to a severe shortage of cadaver donor organs.

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Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

Whereas the donation of solid organs—the heart, lungs, kidneys, pancreas, and liver—can occur only when a patient is declared brain dead and dies in a hospital where mechanical support/ventilation is available to keep the organs viable, tissue donation can occur in a much wider range of circumstances.

“Forensic Nursing Science E-Book” by Virginia A. Lynch, Janet Barber Duval
from Forensic Nursing Science E-Book
by Virginia A. Lynch, Janet Barber Duval
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

Cadaveric organ donation represents the only procedure to retrieve unpaired organs such as heart and pancreas and is also the only way for harvesting lungs.

“Handbook of Forensic Medicine” by Burkhard Madea
from Handbook of Forensic Medicine
by Burkhard Madea
Wiley, 2014

When organ donation is not possible, you can often still be an eye and tissue donor.

“Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition” by Andrew Holecek
from Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition
by Andrew Holecek
Shambhala, 2013

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  • By body my choice! People pro abortion say that. Most people are in favour of getting rid of life when it is inconvenient but then want to preserve it when it looks good?

  • I am considering cancelling my donor status because I just learned that rich people have a much higher chance of getting my organs. I don’t want to help rich people in that way

  • I’ve got the privilege to watch organ harvesting during my clinical rotation. It is one of the most beautiful things I’ve see. Everyone was very respectful they didn’t see the body as a corpse. Hearing where the organs went too down was amazing.
    Personally I’m a organ donor. The saying for public safety/EMS ‘so others may live’ I believe that when my time comes I want others to live.
    As a paramedic I had a case of pediatric trauma run. Sadly the child died but there was a child on their death bed waiting for a donation. The child lived in the next town. The family for the child that had passed away decided to donate their child’s organs. The child in the next town over got the organs. That child Now is happy and alive.

  • The organs are just the start of what can be used. Bone, tendons, veins,
    Soft tissue, skin and eyes can be used whole or in part. Worked with the taking of this and emplaning. It is wild to see a kidney or heart restart.

  • ZdoggMD is not an organ donor! No nurses or doctors are organ donors because of what goes on. This is a racket and is BIG BUSINESS. Please don’t believe this ruthless propaganda! Dozens of working medical people, doctors and nurses weigh in on the comments to this important video don’t be a victim of ruthless organ harvesting! This man is LYING. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZVo5O0W7VE

  • That’s actually not true… My mom’s a nurse and it’s pretty known that some doctors believe you dead = many (organs) lives saved..

  • You must be sick propagating the torture and inhumane suffering. It is actually a murder because to harvest an organ the person must be still alive! It makes me sick to the gut. The same you do with aborted babies. You cut out the organs while they feel the pain. Satan followers!

  • Research the horrific truth regarding organ donation. How much hospitals and OPOs profit from harvested organs. The coersion that takes place in hospitals regarding donation and the many many personal accounts of family members regarding this murderous practice.

  • I always had my name down as an organ donator.. if I have no use of my organs, why not give them to someone or more a chance to live?

  • Being brain dead is not the same as being dead. The brain is inflamed and within the time the person will get better. You can not take an organ after the body is dead and the organ must be taken when the person is alive.. Families are coerced into turning of the machines when a loved one is in a coma when a person just needs more time to heal. This video is non sense and propaganda.

  • Why don’t you tell people why they give the donor a paralyzing agent before they dissect alive? Ok I’ll tell you, the “donor” will begin to react to pain as they are cut open. Brain death is a lie.

  • This is such bullshit. You will have a real hard time finding a doctor who’s an organ donor. “Legally dead”?! What the fuck could that possibly mean? Can you use organs from a corpse? No! Could you very possibly feel them cutting you up? Yes! Don’t do it!!!!!!

  • I’d be an organ doner… I don’t need then if I’m dead. If they work, why not use them. It’s like donating blood, except it only happens once, and you don’t feel it, ’cause you’re dead.

  • My mom died AT TAMPA GENERAL when I was 11. She didn’t want to live on a machine, she was an RN herself. My moms body was not wasted, the covering of her eye helped someone regain sight and 3 other ppl received life changing or saving organs

    The only silver lining I saw in my moms death, esp at only 11, was knowing she’d be carried on and appreciated by these 4 strangers.

  • I am an organ donor, but I recently got diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Can I still be a organ donor?
    I am a huge advocate for organ donation.

  • The sad thing is these aren’t all myths in a ll circumstances.
    i have family who work in hospitals and yeah…that stuff can go on. Of course I’m not saying not to be an organ donor, but..y’know, it isn’t an unfounded worry for others.

  • Why dont you tell people, they dont have to Register the state will take them anyway. By law.you give consent by not saying no. But your unconscious, so how can you say no

  • one time a guy randomly brought real human brains to our school and let us touch them as long as we had gives on, but they were really fragile so he told what not to do, and it what pretty weird. I felt bad tho cuz a girl with special needs jammed her finger into the brain and like ruined it.

  • ZDogg, thank you for highlighting an area where our advocacy & education about donation could improve. I’m gonna pass this anecdote onto Nevada Donor Network. Thank you so much for setting things straight. Don’t forget tissue & cornea transplants!!!

  • Let your family make the decision after they access the situation first. Screw the opt out registry you don’t get to decide just because I’m in the hospital.

  • At 3:32, is it assuming that you are a teenager about to die, watching this video and thinking if you should donate your organs? That’s a creepy thought