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Alabama Organ Center, 20 Dec 2012 [cached]
Ann B. Rayburn, RN, BSN, CPTC Senior Manager of Professional Education
Ann Rayburn, senior manager ..., 20 July 2014 [cached]
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.
Huntsville Hospital - Hospital News, 21 Jan 2009 [cached]
"It is obvious how the transplant recipient benefits, but it is not always so easy to see the benefits for the donor family," said Ann Rayburn, Alabama Organ Center's Senior Manager of Professional Education.
"We will support the family as long as they need us regardless of their donation decision," said Rayburn.
Ann Rayburn, senior manager ..., 27 Sept 2012 [cached]
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 said. "It's that prevalent."
Among those who do hesitate to register as donors, many are motivated by one of two concerns, Rayburn said. 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. But Rayburn 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 ..., 19 April 2012 [cached]
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 said.
"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 said. "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. Rayburn 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 said.
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, Rayburn said.
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 said.
"All the guidelines for determining recipients are dictated by UNOS," Rayburn said.
Patients who wish to donate their eyes do so through the Alabama Eye Bank, Rayburn 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 said.
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