Tissue and Organ Donation Form

Organ and tissue donation have been increasingly adopted in hospitals in all parts of the world in the past decade. It has helped save many lives, and this number continues to increase rapidly due to the recent advances in tissue or organ procurement, preservation, transportation, and surgical techniques.

Tissue Donation

A tissue is a group of cells. So, what is a tissue donation, and how does it help? This is an ambiguous question that arises in many minds. An example is that in burn patients, there is often a need for skin donation from the patient’s parents for skin grafting. Another instance is the transplant of the cornea from a corpse to a needy patient.

Organ Donation

Organ donation is a more complex form of tissue procurement. Timely attainment of the organ(s) that form a brain-dead person after proper consent is the key to this process. After a patient is declared brain dead, his close relatives are asked if the patient is willing to make an organ donation or not. As it is a sensitive issue, it has to be handled with empathy. It is up to the patient’s attendants whether they would like to sign the consent or not; their decision should not be manipulated according to the law.

Organs required are obtained, and after proper preservation, they are transported directly to an organ bank or an operation room, where another patient requires them. Blood cross-matching and tissue matching are prerequisites. Patients are eligible to receive an organ transplant when there is an acute shutdown or functional failure of a specific organ due to any disease or injury.

Two types of organ donation

There are two types of organ donation: living donation and deceased donation. In living donation, for example, the kidney donation of a person to another, there are certain risks, like infection, surgical errors, or even death, that may occur, and the patient must be aware of them all before consenting.

Which organs and tissues can be donated?

Organs that are donated for transplantation include the heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, and small intestines. Tissues that can be donated include skin, corneas, heart valves, tendons, bones, and blood vessels.

Importance of organ donation

A single organ donor can save 8 lives, and a tissue donor may save up to 50 lives.

Organ and tissue donation form

Organ and tissue donation is attempted only by a few surgeons throughout the world. It has some prerequisites that have to be fulfilled, like giving informed consent and filling out the organ donation form. It consists of:

  • Identifying information:

Name, Age, Sex, Date of birth, Father’s name, mailing address, contact number, email address, blood group, height, eye color, allergies, and identification number (National identity card number, social security number, or driver’s license number)

  • Specifications about which organs are to be donated (all or specified)
  • Purpose of donation: whether organs are to be donated for transplant only, research, or both.
  • Date and time of filling out the form
  • Full name and signature of the consenter
Organ & Tissue Donation Form

Donation Form File: 45 KB

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