**Organ Donation** - page 2

Just wondering if many are registered anywhere? Also, what do you think about this?... Read More

  1. by   fergus51
    I am registered and firmly believe in organ donation. My family knows and most of my family members feel the same way. I know my wishes will be respected. I even have a t-shirt that says "Don't take your organs to heaven because heaven knows we need them here".
  2. by   sirI
    Quote from whiskeygirl
    I have gone through the process of donating organs. It was simple. And a very worthwhile service.
    For those who are interested please lookup The Kidney Foundation.
    You are to be commended, whiskeygirl.
  3. by   Town & Country
    I would never be an organ donor.
    The system of organ donation itself is mercenary and cut-throat (no pun intended.)
    Just the other day, I saw an ad on TV about a country (can't recall which one) where people's organs had been taken without their consent.

    I have worked in ICU years ago and I personally know that if you are a donor, you will not be treated as aggressively as someone who is not a donor.

    I have seen this with my own eyes and I know it to be a fact.

    Then there is the issue of the co$t$ of the surgery; who is getting rich here? Organ donation is just that - DONATION.
    Who is making the big bucks? Doctors, hospitals?
    Something to think about...........:uhoh21:
  4. by   Katnip
    I'm a registered organ donor. My family knows and agrees with my wishes.
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I have worked in ICU years ago and I personally know that if you are a donor, you will not be treated as aggressively as someone who is not a donor.

    I have seen this with my own eyes and I know it to be a fact.

    Then there is the issue of the co$t$ of the surgery; who is getting rich here? Organ donation is just that - DONATION.
    Who is making the big bucks? Doctors, hospitals?
    Something to think about...........:uhoh21:

    It is certainly not like that everywhere.
  6. by   fergus51
    Quote from Marie_LPN


    It is certainly not like that everywhere.
    Amen to that. From what I've heard, the subject of organ donation often isn't even broached until the patient is determined to be brain dead. I don't know how much more aggressively they could treat someone at that point. As for who gets rich... well, I know for a fact it is a heck of a lot cheaper to pay for a kidney transplant than dialysis.
  7. by   boulergirl
    I'm an organ donor, but my mom is no longer in favor of it. Not sure why--I think she read somewhere that you have to be alive when they harvest your organs.
    So family can override the donor status. Oh, goodie. I wouldn't be surprised if Mom objected and they decided not to take my organs. I wanted to be cremated, too, but my parents want to have a place to mourn me. Well, take my ashes and plant a tree in them. Oy.
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    From what I've heard, the subject of organ donation often isn't even broached until the patient is determined to be brain dead.
    That's exactly what happens at our facility.
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    And my living will is very specific, my family is not to override my wishes.
  10. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from SunStreak
    I would never be an organ donor.
    The system of organ donation itself is mercenary and cut-throat (no pun intended.)
    Just the other day, I saw an ad on TV about a country (can't recall which one) where people's organs had been taken without their consent.

    I have worked in ICU years ago and I personally know that if you are a donor, you will not be treated as aggressively as someone who is not a donor.

    I have seen this with my own eyes and I know it to be a fact.

    Then there is the issue of the co$t$ of the surgery; who is getting rich here? Organ donation is just that - DONATION.
    Who is making the big bucks? Doctors, hospitals?
    Something to think about...........:uhoh21:
    If I needed a kidney or a heart, I wouldn't care who was making money off of me. I have never heard of anyone being forced to donate their organs...I will have to research this. But *I* am not being forced to do anything, so *I* will gladly give up any organs once I have passed regardless of the politics of it all.
  11. by   grimmy
    [font="book antiqua"]i am an organ donor, and my family is in full support. i am on a transplant team, so i see the benefits and pitfalls of transplantation. i'm all for someone getting the use of organs i will never use again. the only thing about the whole subject that gets me down is that someone has to die to donate, and sometimes the manner of death is beyond tragic. i have yet to scrub a donor surgery, but i'm sure it won't be long. seems there's always a rash of transplants during the holiday season.
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I've scrubbed on harvests. The feeling afterwards is a mix of emotions that are hard to describe.
  13. by   Bipley
    Quote from SunStreak
    I would never be an organ donor.
    The system of organ donation itself is mercenary and cut-throat (no pun intended.)
    Just the other day, I saw an ad on TV about a country (can't recall which one) where people's organs had been taken without their consent.

    I have worked in ICU years ago and I personally know that if you are a donor, you will not be treated as aggressively as someone who is not a donor.

    I have seen this with my own eyes and I know it to be a fact.

    Then there is the issue of the co$t$ of the surgery; who is getting rich here? Organ donation is just that - DONATION.
    Who is making the big bucks? Doctors, hospitals?
    Something to think about...........:uhoh21:
    Your experiences are vastly different from mine. Mine are exactly the other end of the pole vs. yours.

    Did you personally care for the patient that received less than adequate care due to being a donor or did you get this 2nd-3rd hand?

    Yes, some places outside the US are not kind about obtaining organs. So fine, don't give those countries your organs.

    You can decline to be an organ donor because you or yours don't make money off of it, but that doesn't make it a good reason to let others die.

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