Breaking Misconceptions About Organ Donations and Transplants

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Organ donation is one of the greatest gifts a person may give, but many people are hesitant to enroll on the donor registry due to common misconceptions about the organ donation process. When you choose to become an organ donor, you have the potential to save several lives and change many more through the transplantation of lifesaving organs and other tissues. Below you can see the truth behind some of the most prevalent organ donation myths to help you make the decision to become a donor.

Myth: There are strict requirements for organ donors

Some people think that having a chronic illness or being of a certain age may disqualify them for organ donation, but almost anyone can enroll on the state donor registry. The assessment of viable organs will take place at the time of death, regardless of age or medical history.

Myth: Lifesaving care may be compromised for organ donors

There is an idea that being in the donor registry will reduce the quality of lifesaving care in the event of a medical emergency. In reality, emergency and trauma physicians rarely know whether or not a patient is an organ donor until after death. Therefore, the quality of care will remain the same.

Myth: Organ donation is not supported by religious groups

Most major religions actually condone organ and tissue donation and view it as an act of charity. However, if you are uncertain about the views of your church, you might speak with your spiritual advisor before choosing to become a donor.

West Hills Hospital and Medical Center can provide more insight on the gift of organ donation through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (818) 676-4321. You can also visit us online to explore our full range of clinical services offered in West Hills. 

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