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Melanie Antoinette OrtegaENG-106October 13, 2020Jan Wakefield-DarvasOrgan Donor ShortageOrgan donation is not a topic that is brought up as easily or often enough as the weather,but it is a topic that should be brought to the attention of people living in communitiesthroughout the world. As drastic as it sounds, donating an organ is a matter of life and death yetthere is a national donor shortage. Statistics from the Health Resources and ServicesAdministration (HRSA) shows one person can donate eight organs, that is eight lives just oneperson can save (2020). The need for more organ donors is great because it sets the future ofmedicine and relates to the many people who die of disease or cancers due to the lack of organsor the wait for one. The organ shortage is a national emergency because there is a shortage oforgans, organ donations help scientists form new procedures or have medical breakthroughs, anddonating a viable organ can shorten the waitlist for people in need.The reason for there is a shortage and long wait times are the lack of people who aresigned up to be an organ donor. In the U.S. 90% of adults agree with organ donations, but only60% of them are signed up (HRSA) due to the lack of donations 17 people a day die while on awaitlist for organ transplants (2020). Some main organ shortages are heart, kidney, liver, andpancreas before a candidate can be put on a waitlist, they have to meet criteria first, then wait foreven more for an organ to become available. For kidney transplants alone (Neuberger, James)identified that the chance of survival after a graft becomes available is shortened and the need for
longer hospitalization increased due to long wait time patients become sicker and sicker (1999).The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA, 2020) states, “on average, 95transplants take place each day in the U.S,” but since there are long wait times, most of thepeople receiving a transplant have waited a while for it. Even if a donor signs up to see if there isa possibility of a transplant, “ less than one-fourth of potential organ donors yield a usable organfor transplant; thus the rate of organ retrieval has not kept pace with the ever-increasing demand”(Axler, Irvine, Lipworth, Morrell, Kerridge, 2008). This organ shortage crisis has deprivedthousands of patients of a new and better quality of life and has caused a substantial increase inthe cost of alternative medical care such as dialysis. Because of this counterfeit organs are being

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Term
Winter
Professor
Green
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Health Resources and Services Administration, UW Health

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