I am giving a presentation for CEU credits about organ/tissue donation. I have a personal interest in this topic, because I was the one who made the decision to donate my brothers tissues after his death.
I am curious how other nurses feel about this. Some I have talked to are very much for organ/tissue donation as long as it is not from their loved ones. Many nurses (and physicians) don't realize that there is a difference between organ and tissue donation. (Organ harvesting has to be done with the patient "alive" on life support--but no brain activity. Heart, Lungs, Kidneys, Liver etc. are harvested in OR)(Tissue donation consists of skin, corneas, long bones etc. and can be done with most ages and after the death has occured)
In our city, there are two different organizations that are responsible for each type of donation.
So my question is: How do you feel about donating? Has anyone had a personal experience with donating a loved one? If you want to email me personally--Clong001@rochester.rr.com
. I don't know about other states, but in NY even if you sign your organ donor card, if your family decided against it, they will not honor your wishes. So I always teach my students to discuss how they feel + or - about this before anything happens. I am very glad that my bro and I did have a discussion about this several years before he died, then I knew what to do for him. It is difficult losing a loved one, but knowing he helped someone (or multiple someone's) out makes the loss somewhat easier.
I will share that I was not sure what to expect with an open casket. I knew they took his long bones, corneas, and some brain tissue to study for ETOHism. I felt his arms and legs to make sure there was something there. (I found out 3 years later that they place PVC tubing where the bones were.)
Thanks ahead to anyone who answers.
In memory of Danny 7/9/66-9/3/97:kiss :kiss