Donating blood / organs

Donating blood / organs

Friday, November 2, 2018

There is a lot of fear, myth, and misconceptions

regarding organ, blood, and tissue donation so we

checked around to get the straight facts about organ

donation.

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing there

are strict standards put in place to make sure that

organs are matched with strict ethical considerations

and in a fair manner to distribute it equally to all

who need it. The methodology that they do so is based

on factors such as:
– blood and tissue type
– organ size,
– waiting time
– how medically urgent it is
– where the location is geographically.

Everyone should at least consider the possiblity that

they can give potential life saving parts and depending

how a person is at the time of their death also

determines health and viability of the donated organs

and tissue.

It does not cost anything to donate these life saving

parts to someone else and can be noted on a license of

driving or state donor registry or a National Donation

registry.

It does not make a person more likely to die just to

retrieve the organs as some people fear. A medical

professional has ethical and legal considerations that

dictate that they must do what they can to save a

person’s life so organ donation can only be considered

and began after a death of a person’s brain has been

declared by the physician.

Almost all organs can be donated including but not

limited to kidneys, hearts, lungs, skin, liver,

corneas, bones, nerves.

There are people that need these organs in order to be

health and it doesn’t matter what race because someone

else somewhere may need it.

A list is created via a computer that does its best to

match based on many characteristics. Most of the time

you have to be over the age of 18 to register to be an

organ donor but often younger can as well. It’s a good

time to let family member know so they understand what

you would like to happen.

It is also possible to specify which particular organs

or tissues you want to donate.

If at some future you decide you no longer want to be

on the list you can update this status.

These donations will not interfere with funeral

services or cause disfigurement because there are

surgical procedures that can close any incisions to

retrieve the organs.

If you are donating blood it is usually subject to

blood testing which is usually done via three possible

ways. They can test using “blood typing” or cross

matching or “tissue typing”.

The first will check what is called ABO compatibility

because blood types are not the same for everyone.

There is a blood type A that can give to A and AB.
Blood type B donates to B and AB.
AB only matches with blood type AB.
And type O can donate to the same type O or any of the

previous blood types of A, B, AB.

However where O is a universal DONOR. the AB blood type

can give to any blood type but O is restricted only to

O. A can give to A and O. B can give to B and O. And

finally AB can give to AB, A, B, and O.

There are additional ways to get blood by lowering antibody levels in some situations.

Tissue Typing determines tissue type via a process called HLA to get a idea of best match. Then it also checks against your antibodies

Crossmatch involves mixing of both donor and recipient to see if there is a high antibody could and cause organs to get rejected.

Some final tips:

Know your blood type.
Your body is like a robot helping others.

You can buy a blood type kit from Amazon such as Dr. D’Adamo’s kit to do a self test. But it’s probably just as easy to go to a local hospital to donate blood or get tested.

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