Essay on An Organ And Tissue Donor

1558 Words Apr 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Over 80 percent respond yes when asked if they would be an organ and tissue donor. However, only 30 to 40 percent of Americans actually do designate themselves as donors on their driver 's licenses or on state donor registries(Living Kidney Donors Network.) The amount of people that are in need of organs are growing each year but the amount of actual donors have only increased by half the amount needed. Currently, there are over 93,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list. The wait for a deceased donor could be five years, and in some states, it is closer to ten years. Patients are prioritized by how long they 've been on the waiting list, their blood type, immune system activity and other factors. Each day the the waiting list grows five times faster than the donation rate (UNOS.) The risk of death while waiting on a potential cadaveric donor is at an all-time high. This brings about the question: what should be done to increase kidney donation? There are several procedures and pathways which have been shown to provide practical and effective solutions to this crisis that we should consider implementing, these include, financial incentives, desensitization, and xenotransplantation.
Kidneys are unique among the solid organs due to the combination of the low risk of living donation, the feasibility of extended waiting times while on dialysis, and Medicare coverage of dialysis and transplantation for kidney patients. These factors motivate the search for reforms that…

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