The number of organ donors is increasing slightly again

The number of organ donors is increasing slightly again

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Slight increase in organ donors

The willingness to donate organs in Germany has decreased significantly in recent years, partly due to the transplant scandals. There is now positive news from Saxony: there, the number of organ donors increased slightly in 2014. Unfortunately, this trend does not apply to other federal states.

Number of organ donors increased slightly in Saxony In 2014, the number of organ donors increased slightly in Saxony. As the dpa news agency reports, 50 people were taken from one or more organs in Saxon hospitals from January to November. The German Foundation for Organ Transplantation (DSO) announced this on request. In the same period last year, the DSO registered 43 organ donors in Saxony. In 2012 there were 55 donors in the full year.

Willingness to donate organs decreased After the transplant scandals at various clinics in Germany, the willingness to donate organs had recently decreased. At the beginning of December, 552 people from Saxony were on nationwide waiting lists, as reported by the Eurotransplant agency in Leiden, the Netherlands. The agency maintains common waiting lists for its eight member countries. It was also announced that 154 donor organs from the Free State have been transplanted so far this year. The most common were kidneys (83) and livers (40). For the same period last year, the DSO recorded 142 donor organs.

Approval of organ donation According to the DSO, a person donates an average of three organs. Most of these are taken postmortem, i.e. after a person is brain dead. So-called living donations are only available for a few organs. Under German law, consent to organ donation must still be available. Donation, withdrawal, mediation and transfer are regulated by the German Transplantation Act of 1997. Urgency and opportunities are the focus of the award.

Downward trend in Thuringia It is reported that the number of donors and donor organs developed slightly positively with a view of the whole of eastern Germany, but this does not apply to all of the individual federal states. By November, the DSO counted 102 for Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia compared to 99 donors in the previous year and donated 324 organs to other people (2013: 311). But in Thuringia alone there was a downward trend. There the number of organ donors has dropped again. In the period from January to November 2014, 25 organs were removed from Thuringia, compared to 27 organ donors in the same period of the previous year and 34 donors in the 2012 full year.

Donor organs can save lives Around 11,000 seriously ill patients nationwide are waiting for a donor organ that could possibly save their lives. Although a survey conducted by the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) earlier this year showed that 68 percent of Germans agreed to donate their organs after death, only 28 percent of Germans have an organ donation card. (ad)

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