Every year, the European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation (EODD) provides information on donation and transplantation of organs, tissues and cells. With 5 new patients added to waiting lists every hour in Europe, the number of Europeans waiting for an organ keep growing. This year too, the EDQM calls on all Europeans to think about the problem of organ shortages which leaves thousands of patients sitting on waiting lists.
Most organ donors in Europe are persons who die in hospitals: once it is certified that their body no longer has any functions, doctors will ask the next of kin for consent to organ donation. Not always can consent for organ donation post death be presumed, at times even in the case of those who have signed up on a donors’ register, this is why doctors approach the family for consent. Legislation and practices vary across Europe in this regard, but what remains important is that we all make our views on organ donation well known to our families and next of kin.
Here are a few facts and figures which illustrate the state of organ donation and transplantation in Europe, according to the most recent data available (full detail in our Newsletter Transplant 2016).
How can you contribute?
Talk about organ donation with those around you! Family, friends and colleagues; organ donation and transplantation concern everyone.
Become a donor! Find information on how to become an organ donor in your own countries below. Remember, there’s no age limit to donate!
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