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8.21: Give the Gift of Life COY

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    Learn:

    • How to bust some of the misinformation surrounding organ donation.

    Giveaway: Fruits/vegetables that are good for your organs - Give the Gift of Life Tipsheet.

    Tools:

    • Signage and handouts
    • Myths printed on cardstock and backs market true or false

      (Myths available on Sharepoint-Page 1=False, Page 2 = True)

    • Feedback survey, pencils, and collection box

    Set-Up:

    • Display signage/ poster to highlight the goal of your demo.
    • Have fruit available to students who guess correctly
    • Place printed myths somewhere students can reach
    • Have a speaker for music

    Activity:

    • Have participants choose a card and read the statement aloud. Ask participant whether they believe the statement is true or false.
    • Have participant turn the card over to find the answer.
    • Give fruit to those who guess correctly
    • Give participants information about where they can sign up for organ donation (tipsheet)
    • If possible, have a tablet or computer they can use to sign up
    • Ask participants to complete feedback survey.

    Script:

    • Have you ever heard of organ donation?
    • Do you know how many lives you can help as an organ donor?
    • Do you know what it means to be an organ donor?
    • Do you know how to sign up to be an organ donor?

    Suggestions for board:

    • Images of organs and tissues that can be donated
    • Information about where they can sign up to be a donor

    Key Terms

    • Organ: A part of the body (such as the heart or liver) that has a particular function (Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary, n.d.).
    • Organ Transplantation: The process of surgically transferring a donated organ to someone diagnosed with organ failure (Organdonor.gov, n.d.).
    • Organ Donation: The process of providing an organ, organs or partial organ to transplant into one or more peole. Organ donors can be decreased or living (Organdonor.gov, n.d.).
    • Transplant Waiting List: The list of candidates registered to receive a human cell, tissue, and organ transplant (Columbia University Department of Surgery, n.d.).

    Facts About Organ donation

    • Another person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes
    • 22 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time
    • One organ, eye and tissue donor can save and heal more than 75 lives
    • 95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor but only 56% are registered.
    • People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.
    • There is no cost to the donor's family or estate for donation. The donor family pays only for medical expenses before death and costs associated with funeral arrangements.
    • An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process the body is treated with care and respect. Funeral arrangements can continue as planned following donation.
    • Your life always comes first. Doctors work hard to save every patient's life, but sometimes there is a complete and irreversible loss of brain function. The patient is declared clinically and legally dead. Only then is donation of option.
    • A national system matches available organs from the donor with people on the waiting list based on blood type, body size, how sich they are, donor distance, tissue type and time on the list. Rae, income, gender, celebrity and social status are never considered.
    • If you are under 18, you can still register to be a donor, but if something were to happen to you before you turn 18, your family would have the final say about donating your organs or tissues.
    • Find more information at www.donatelife.net

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