Organ Donor Card

Get ur Organ Donor Card

There are 92,000 people on the waiting list for organs, according to the official government web page on becoming an organ donor. If the worst comes to pass, you could know that you’ve given all that you could for someone- even a stranger- and changed their life forever, if you elect to donate your organs which you will no longer need. Even in death, you can save lives.

Steps

  1. Notify your friends and family of your noble intentions!
  2. Download, print, and carry an organ donor card.
  3. Make sure it is signed, and you either check the “Donate any needed organs or tissues” box, or you write in “Eyes” if you checked the “Only the following…” box, according to your wishes.
  4. Take the appropriate steps to have your driver’s license reflect your desire to donate.
  5. Make sure your desire to donate is reflected in any living will or advanced directives legal document you make.
  6. Consider visiting a local organ donation organization, and discussing with them what you can or should do to make sure your wishes are fulfilled.
  7. Understand that you will be examined post-mortem for whether your organs and tissues qualify (considering your cause of death and the health of your organs/tissue). You should make it known while you are living, however, if you have any conditions or diseases which would make you an unsafe or unviable donor.
  8. Rest a little easier knowing that even if the worst had come to pass, your charity and kindness will live on, and may even restore to someone the gift of sight.

Organ and Tissue Donation:

You can get your Donor Card in one of three ways:

    1. Print this page with the Donor Card Image onto cardstock.
    2. Download a PDF File page with 8 Donor Cards ready for printing. At: ftp://ftp.hrsa.gov/osp/newdonorcard.pdf
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    ftp://ftp.hrsa.gov/organdonor/newdonorcard.pdf
    3. Order up to 10 free paper copies from the Health Resource Service Administration Website.
    This two-sided, wallet-sized organ/tissue donor card includes check-off boxes that allows you to indicate which organs you wish to donate. At: http://ask.hrsa.gov/detail.cfm?id=HRS00259

After you have your printed card:

  • Fill in the Donor Card.
  • Cut out the card.
  • Laminate if desired.
  • Carry the Card with you in your wallet.
  • Make your wishes known.

This final step is very important. Be sure to make your wishes known about Organ Donation. Contrary to popular belief, simply signing and carrying an organ donation card is not enough. You need to talk to your family about your wishes.

Source:
Health Resource Service Administration (HSRA). Get Your Donor Card. Available at:http://www.organdonor.gov/signup1.html

One Reply to “Organ Donor Card”

  1. Your story about Organ Donation highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations.

    Over half of the 100,000 Americans on the national transplant waiting list will die before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year.

    There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.

    Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. People who aren’t willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.

    Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at http://www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 12,000 members at this writing.

    Please contact me – Dave Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers – if your readers would like to learn more about our innovative approach to increasing the number of organ donors. I can arrange interviews with some of our local members if you’re interested. My email address is daveundis@lifesharers.org. My phone number is 615-351-8622.