New policies introduced – and fully implemented – in other jurisdictions over the last few years have had a big impact on improving regional transplant rates. Does your province and local hospital have these policies in place?
Are these policies actually implemented and monitored or are they on paper only?
Call your hospital and organ procurement centre and find out.
Your life, or the life of someone you love, could depend on it.
Canada is in the lower third of developed countries in terms of donation activity per million. Worse, Alberta lags the national average. We already have the blueprint for increasing our rates from world leaders in deceased organ & tissue donation. Spain, USA and Great Britain had government champions that prioritized organ & tissue donation and transplantation. These jurisdictions have seen significant increases in organ transplantation. Our provincial government does not have to reinvent the wheel. Rather, let’s use evidence-based policy solutions to increase our rates.
Improving a regions organ & tissue donation rate requires government leadership and government-led policy solutions. For those Albertans (and all Canadians) waiting for an organ to survive, time is of the essence to take action to fix this problem. We must understand what action we can take to begin to realize change.
It has been proposed that a donor registry and presumed consent legislation could be possible solutions for our organ donation crisis, but international research suggests these potential remedies depend on a fulsome strategy that addresses system-wide changes and closes gaps in our current system.