This April, hospitals, transplant centers and organ recipients across the U.S. are celebrating National Donate Life Month. This designation is intended to raise awareness about the critical and never-ending need for individuals to register as organ donors . The physicians and nurses at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center would like to extend our sincere thanks to members of our Las Vegas community who have registered as organ donors.
Organ donors give back to their communities
Life is precious, and most people agree that it’s important to care for others in the community by doing things like donating blood and registering as an organ donor. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services , 95 percent of American adults support organ donation—yet just 54 percent are registered as organ donors.
One organ donor can save up to eight lives
It’s possible for just one organ donor to give up to eight people the gift of life. If an organ donor dies in a way that allows for organ donation to occur, that person can donate:
- Two lungs
- Two kidneys
Most organ donations come from deceased, registered donors, rather than living donors. But only three in every 1,000 registered organ donors die in a manner that allows organ collection and transplantation to occur.
This means that every year, the waiting list for an organ grows at a rate that is faster than the number of donors. Every day, about 20 people die while waiting for a donated organ.
It’s easy and free to become a registered organ donor
It takes very little effort to become a registered organ donor. Each state maintains a registry.
You can visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles, either online or in-person, and sign up in just a few minutes. You’ll need your driver’s license or photo ID number.
The emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center encourage members of our Las Vegas community to become registered organ donors. If you do, you may be able to give new life to waiting patients and new hope to families. If you have general healthcare questions, you can reach a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (702) 233-5300.