Cincinnati Enquirer: 1 in 100 who die can donate organs, tissue donation less specific  |  August 25, 2011

LifeCenter Organ Donor Network worked with the Cincinnati Enquirer to share information about which donors can donate organs, and which can donate tissue.

Specifically, to be an organ donor and person must die in a particular way: they must be “brain dead – register no brain activity in tests. Then the person must stay on a breathing machine to keep oxygen-rich blood flowing to the vital organs.

Next, the person undergoes tests to assess organ function, and organ-donation officials work to find the best recipients for the available organs. The testing and organ-matching process usually takes up to 24 hours. One organ donor can save up to 8 lives.

In addition, up to 50 people may benefit from one person’s tissue donation, with skin, eyes, bones, ligaments and tendons all going to individual recipients. Tissues, unlike organs, do not have to be transplanted immediately, and matching is less specific.”

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