Today Is National Organ Donor Day!

Today Is National Organ Donor Day!

  • Posted On : 2/14/2018 6:00 AM

While most find today to be about loving your significant other and exchanging gifts out of love; for some, this holiday is a lifeline for their future. Today is National Donor Day! As of right now, there are almost 150,000 people on the waiting list, and every ten minutes someone else is added onto this list.

The History Of National Donor Day

The first successful living donor transplant was performed in 1954. The transplant was transferred between a set of twins! This holiday focuses on five different types of transplants and organs. The most common transplant organs are: kidneys, pancreas, heart, and liver.

How To Get On The Waiting List

There is a common misconception when it comes to the transplant waitlist. Most would assume it worked like a normal list, as people get their needed transplant, they would be crossed off and the next person in line is next. However, this is not correct.

You have to be accepted by a transplant hospital to get on the list. The best thing to do is getting on UNOS’s Transplant Living list. You may be added to multiple lists at different transplant hospitals. The issue is you have to be accepted by a transplant center itself. However, just because you’re on multiple lists doesn’t mean you’ll get an organ faster. If you are accepted and the time comes, it is important to prep yourself for all scenarios.

This is a list of common transplant worries from getting on the list to scheduling the surgery.  

How Nurses Can Help After Surgery

Finally, the hardest part is over! It is now time for the patient to rest and for the nurses take over. There are a number of different risks that can occur after an organ transplant.

  • The organ can be rejected by the new body.
  • It can lead to diabetes, high cholesterol, and blood pressure.
  • You can get gout. This is a buildup of acid in the blood stream.
  • You can get infection and sickness since your immunity is lowered during the surgery and from all of the antibiotics.

After these surgeries, the patients are on a number of different immunosuppressants so the body does not attack the new organ. This can include a number of different medications. The best thing to do is have all of these medications in one area. The FlowCARE Nurse Server would be ideal for this situation because all of the medication would be in the patient’s room and the nurse server would be locked and stocked at all times.  

A nurse will try to reduce Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) as much as possible to keep infections at a minimum!  The best way this is prevented is with repeated and thorough hand-washing.

The nurses will suggest that you change your lifestyle after the surgery. This means eating healthy and wholesome foods and exercise. One of the most important items to remember is to always take your medication! They will also refer you to a support group system!

How to Become an Organ Donor

It is very simple to become an organ donor! The easiest way is to go to your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles and get it put onto your license. There are also a number of different registries you can apply to online. You can carry a donor card. After this, it is important to tell family members and friends about this! It is important for those closest to know in case of a terrible accident or death.

At the end of the day, becoming an organ donor is one of the best ways to help someone in need. There are more people on the waitlist than there are organs available. This is a holiday for awareness and to help others live their best life. Check out this website to start the process of becoming an organ donor today!

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