SARNIA & PETROLIA – April 3, 2017 – To recognize BeADonor Month in April, Bluewater Health is campaigning to raise Sarnia and Lambton County’s organ and tissue donor registration rates to 50%.
According to the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), 47% of Sarnia’s eligible population are registered organ donors, and 49% of Lambton County, ranking 31st and 17th respectively out of 179 communities in the province.
Registering consent is critical to the outcome of patients on the transplant wait list. Over 1,500 Ontarians are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. One organ donor can save up to eight lives and enhance as many as 75 through the gift of tissue. Visit www.BeADonor.ca/campaign/BluewaterHealth to register or to check your status. You will need your OHIP card. A signed paper donor card, which is no longer used in Ontario, does not mean you are registered.
“By registering your consent, you are making the selfless decision to help save or improve other lives after your death through organ and tissue donation. Once you register, share your decision with your family, so they can honour your wishes if circumstancespresent themselves. Families almost always consent to donation when presented with proof of registration. In the absence of registration, consent drops dramatically,” said Dr. Glenna Cuccarolo, Intensivist and Hospital Donation Physician at Bluewater Health.
Bluewater Health will be hosting an information booth in the Atrium of its Sarnia hospital Wednesdays throughout the month of April from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Hospital staff, physicians and volunteers, along with members of the Sarnia-Lambton community are invited to learn more about organ and tissue donation and the need for donor registration. Computers will be available in the atrium for those wishing to register.
“While hundreds of Ontarians are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, in reality, the opportunity for donation is quite rare. We hope that raising awareness during BeADonor Month will spark the donation conversation, so that families have the knowledge and opportunity to make a lifesaving choice.”
In 2016, TGLN presented Bluewater Health with a hospital achievement award for our dedication to organ and tissue donation. The Provincial Conversion Rate Award recognized that 100 per cent of potential donors referred went on to give the gift of life. Organ donation is a complex process and the conversion rate reflects how well TGLN and Bluewater Health work together to save lives.
Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. State-of-the-art facilities, which opened in 2010, contribute to Bluewater Health’s Mission: We create exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit www.bluewaterhealth.ca or follow us on Facebook and YouTube.
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