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organ donation presentation

By donnaellis84 Jul 22, 2015 505 Words
Hi Everyone,I am going to talk to you about organ donation, today. (1)

If this was you lying in this hospital bed,and you’ve have just been told you need an organ transplant to save your life, would you take a donated organ? (2)

Nearly everyone would. But only around a third of us have joined the Organ Donor Register. (3)

I am going to give you some facts that you may not have known about organ donation. (4)

More than 10,000 people in the UK currently need a transplant. Of these three a day will die waiting as there are not enough organs available. (5)

A donor can donate a heart, lungs, two kidneys, pancreas, liver and small bowel and can restore the sight of two people by donating their corneas. Donors can also give bone and tissue such as skin, heart valves and tendons. Skin grafts have helped people with severe burns and bone is used in orthopaedic surgery. (6)

Most organ donations come from people who have died while on a ventilator in a hospital intensive care unit. Organs, particularly hearts and lungs, deteriorate very quickly without an oxygen supply and the ventilator is able to keep blood and oxygen circulating after death. (7)

Traditionally organ donors have come from two groups: road accident and brain haemorrhage patients. Improved road safety and medical intervention mean that fewer people in both groups are dying. (8)

The oldest solid organ donor ever recorded in the UK was 84. The oldest recorded cornea donor was 104.
The oldest recorded recipient of an organ in the UK was an 85-year-old kidney patient. The oldest recipient of a cornea transplant in the UK was 104. (9)

Repeated surveys show that the majority of the public support organ donation. The last survey conducted in 2003 for UK Transplant showed that 90% of people support organ donation. (10)

All the major religions support organ donation and many actively promote it. (11)

More women (54%) than men (46%) have signed up on the NHS Organ Donor Register. (12)

As I said earlier, more than 10,000 people in the UK currently need a transplant. Of these three a day will die waiting as there are not enough organs available. So would you consider signing up on the NHs Organ Donor Register? (13)

You can join the NHS Organ Donor Register by:
Filling in a form online
Calling the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 (Lines are open 24 hours a day all year round) By texting SAVE to 62323

You can also join when you are:
Registering for a driving licence
Applying for a Boots Advantage card
Registering at a GP surgery
Registering for a European Health Insurance card (EHIC)

Thank you for listening to me and I hope you have learnt something from my presentation. If you would like to ask me for any of the information regarding how to become an organ donator later, please feel free to do so. (16)

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