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Alabama Organ Center
Ann B. Rayburn, RN, BSN, CPTC
Senior Manager of Professional Education
"Our colors - blue and green ...
"Our colors - blue and green - have not yet had as much time to catch on as colors for other health care causes have," says Ann Rayburn, RN, senior manager of professional education for the AOC.
"We are encouraging supporters to wear blue and green on April 17.
Our long-term goal is that one day the public will instantly associate the color combination with organ donation."
Additional, more spectacular promotions are planned to drive home the color association, Rayburn
"We are lighting up the entire state on April 17 at several Alabama landmarks you can't miss, Rayburn
"This is a very popular and quite touching event for everyone in the donor community," Rayburn
"What we hope this Donate Life Month will do is help people connect with the idea that, in their loss, if a loved one is a donor then the family may have some positive element to hold on to during a difficult time," Rayburn
Ann Rayburn, senior manager ...
Ann Rayburn, senior manager of education with Alabama Organ Center, said the center encourages people who wish to donate their organs after their death to have a conversation with family members about their wishes.
Dialysis can be done for kidney patients waiting for a transplant, but there's no equivalent treatment for other organs, and Rayburn said the wait can be too long for some people.
Ann Rayburn, senior manager ...
Ann Rayburn, senior manager of professional education for the Alabama Organ Center, said the disparity is not a result of African-Americans donating in numbers lower than their share of the population.
"You can go to an African-American church, and everybody knows somebody who's been on dialysis," Rayburn
"It's that prevalent."
Among those who do hesitate to register as donors, many are motivated by one of two concerns, Rayburn
A significant number of people believe that organ donors get substandard care in emergency departments, because doctors are anxious to recover donor organs; others believe their faith bars them from donating.
Some level of mistrust in the black community may be related to the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiments, in which federal researchers, even into the 1970s, misled and failed to treat African-American subjects with syphilis.
said mistrust in the medical establishment is cited as a reason for not donating by people of all races.
The truth, Rayburn
said, is that emergency departments contact organ banks only after life-saving efforts have been exhausted, and most major religions explicitly allow donations or take no position on the matter.
Approximately 23,000 hospital deaths ...
Approximately 23,000 hospital deaths occur in Alabama each year, and under federal law, every one of those patients must be screened as a potential donor, regardless of age or diagnosis, according to Ann Rayburn, senior manager of professional education for the Alabama Organ Center (AOC).
"There are so many people waiting for organ transplants, so if there is a possibility, we try to make it happen," Rayburn
"We can't assume that a patient's family is going to know about their wishes just because someone's name is on the registry," Rayburn
"We want to work with the family to carry out the individual's wishes."
If no documentation is available or if the patient is under the age of 18, the family must make the donation decision.
said this is why it is important for you to talk to your family about your decision, regardless of your age.
"The testing (for transmissible diseases) takes six hours, but at the same time, we are identifying recipients that are going to be the best match," Rayburn
Potential recipients are listed on a national registry operated by the United Network for Organ Sharing
(UNOS), the nonprofit organization that operates the federally approved Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.
Everyone on a waiting list for a transplant is listed with UNOS
When a donor is available, officials at UAB access UNOS and enter information about the donor, including height, weight, age and the zip code of the patient's hospital.
The site then generates a list of recipients in order of priority, which is determined by how long a patient has waited and how well a patient matches the donor.
Patients waiting for hearts, livers and lungs have a critical status affiliated with them as well.
"The sicker a patient is, the higher [his or her] place on this list," Rayburn
"All the guidelines for determining recipients are dictated by UNOS
Patients who wish to donate their eyes do so through the Alabama Eye Bank
said, and if a patient is going to donate organs and eyes, representatives work together so the family does not have to complete multiple sets of paperwork.
Once the donor patient's organs are recovered, the body is released to the family for burial.
Within about two weeks, the donor family will receive a letter of condolence and thanks from the AOC
The family also will learn what organs and tissues were recovered and what the AOC knows about the recipients, Rayburn