Organ shortage has always been one of the greatest challenges for many victims of organ failure. While there has been much effort to improve the situation, including public awareness, live donation, and pair donor exchange, there is still organ donor shortage.
In recent years, donors with irreversible brain injuries have demonstrated interest yet most of these patients don’t meet criteria for brain death so they are not dying any time soon, and their organs will not be available. In other words, there are still good-intentioned people but there is only so much they can do.
One of the greatest challenges remains the availability of tissue graft per donors. Organ transplantation can be very useful, especially when treating end-stage organ failure. The problem is that organ transplantation is the preferred therapy for patients dealing with end-stage organ failure because the chances of surviving are far greater. Also, transplantations have greatly improved so there are more transplantation requests.
The United States Department of health is currently focusing on organ donation; this effort has helped increase access to organs. The process can be challenging since over 50,000 patients are added to the waiting list every year and about 7000 patients die waiting for a suitable organ.
Despite the efforts, the number of donations has not significantly increased. This decline is due partly by the percentage of donor pools. There are fewer organs per donor. But there is definitely hope as the percentage of donors continues to increase, especially for kidney transplants.
The success of any transplant depends mainly on the readiness of donors. Most Americans support donations yet only one in four Americans will actually sign the form. In contrast, Europeans are actually considered potential donors unless they specify they don’t want to become one. Surprisingly, over 90 percent of Europeans are organ donors.
Thankfully, age is not longer a limitation. As long as the person is willing to be a donor, all he or she has to do is specify they want to be a donor in their driver’s license or will. Also, many hospitals have a great system in place to facilitate the process. But there are still many challenges, including trying to increase the amount of brain-dead donors and the amount of donors 60 and older with high blood pressure. Several studies prove that donations from these patient types are the most successful ones.
Organ failure is a severe medical condition, which can have a long-term impact on patients’ quality of life and health. A Hawaii organ failure attorney can help you file a lawsuit against the negligent parties and obtain compensation for you and your loved ones so that you can focus on getting back on your feet. If you believe your condition was caused by a medical professional’s negligent actions, call us today.