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Thousands of Canadians are waiting for an organ, eye or tissue transplant. You can bring them hope. Your decision to register now could one day save up to 8 lives and enhance as many as 75 more.

Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation in Canada

In 2011, 4,543 patients awaited organ transplants. 2,124 transplants were performed, 265 patients died while waiting for a much-needed transplant and others were removed from the wait list for other health-related reasons. Unfortunately, Canada’s deceased donation rate is less than half that of the best performing countries. There are more than 2,000 Canadians on the cornea-transplant wait lists; waits that average seven months to three years, depending on region. A single tissue donor may provide as many as 100 individual allografts that could be transplanted into patients and yet tissue shortages mean that suboptimal alternatives must be used in half of all pediatric heart valve surgeries. Since 2008, Canadian Blood Services has supported Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (OTDT) in three areas:

  • Leading Practices and Public Awareness and Education;
  • The development of three significant patient registries; and,
  • Collaborating with the OTDT community in the development of a strategic plan, Call to Action, to improve the performance of OTDT in Canada.

As part of our commitment to improving OTDT for patients in Canada, Canadian Blood Services will continue to work with governments and the community to develop detailed implementation plans based on Call to Action’s recommendations for consideration of a phased approach to system change – one that reflects the unique jurisdictional requirements and fiscal challenges of individual provinces… Select the links to the left to learn more about OTDT and to find out how you can help improve life for patients on organ and tissue transplant wait lists.

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