Clear Up Misconceptions About Organ Donation

Clear Up Misconceptions About Organ Donation

Dear Editor,
The “Minority organ donations don’t match need” article touched my heart in a sensitive spot.

Being a nurse I see the misconceptions is the public all of the time. I also have a family member who is a transplant recipient and without the transplant he would not be alive today.

As a result my family was able to experience the joy of having our loved one return to health. I am positive that the donors’ family found meaning and gained peace from knowing that lives have been saved as a result of the unfortunate death of their loved one.

For many people with end-stage organ failure, transplantation is the only hope for recovery. Public health education is the primary tool in building ongoing awareness of the need for organ donation. The urgency cannot be undervalued.

Barriers to organ donation are plentiful and often depend on individual knowledge and choice. Knowledge, perceptions, and attitude significantly influence rates of organ and tissue donation.

Knowledge, perceptions, and attitude significantly influence rates of organ and tissue donation.

I think that healthcare professionals have a key role in providing education and support for patients and families about organ donation and we have a duty to provide clarity in regards to the popular misconceptions.

People need to know about the benefits organ donation and transplantation may have in terms of increasing length of life and improving quality of life for acutely ailing individuals. I just want to thank the authors for writing the article and I hope that we can continue to raise awareness which will ultimately improve donation rates.

Sincerely,
Zeelena C., Boynton Beach, Fl

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