Many Ontarians mistakenly believe they’re registered donors

Up to 1.8 Million Ontarians mistakenly believe they are registered organ and tissue donors

Every three days, someone in Ontario dies waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. This situation exists despite the fact that we have the cure, the knowledge and the tools to save them. We simply don’t have enough organ donors.

While most Ontarians suggest they support organ and tissue donation, only 31 per cent have actually registered consent. Research from the Trillium Gift of Life Network suggests that as many as 15 per cent of Ontarians mistakenly believe they are registered when, in fact, they are not. These 1.8 million ‘mistaken’ Ontarians represent potentially missed opportunities for donation because their wishes are not recorded.

Some of these Ontarians may have signed a paper donor card years ago and are not aware that donor cards are obsolete. Ontario’s registry holds consent information in the health card database, so consent information can be shared with a potential donor’s family if necessary.

That’s why this April – Be A Donor Month – Niagara Health and Trillium Gift of Life Network are asking you to check your registration status. If we can reach those 1.8 million Ontarians, who we know are supportive of organ and tissue donation, we could increase the registration rate to 45 per cent. This would put Ontario on par with some of the highest registration rates in the world.

Checking registration status is easy. Look on the back of your photo health card for the word “donor” or check it online at beadonor.ca.

“One single organ donor can save up to eight lives and enhance another 75 more through tissue donation,” Heather Paterson, Niagara Health’s Director of Clinical Services said. “We’re grateful for our partnership with Trillium Gift of Life Network and the lives that have been saved because of others’ decision to be a donor.”

“This BeADonor month we are encouraging all Ontarians to check if they are registered at www.BeADonor.ca,” Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO of Trillium Gift of Life Network said. “With over 1,500 people on the waitlist today, we can give them hope by ensuring our wishes are registered.‎”

Source – Niagara Health press release

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