Organ donor rates jump at Osler hospitals

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Newly released data for Trillium Gift of Life Network shows William Osler Health System, the organization that runs Brampton Civic and Etobicoke General hospitals, has introduced several measures aimed at better integrating organ and tissue donation with end-of-life care.  

Key changes include a new electronic form that must be filled out each time a patient dies to notify hospital staff of a potential organ and tissue donor.

During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014, Osler says there were improvements with how often the network was notified of a potential donor. That also led to an increase in the conversion rate, or the conversion of a potential to an actual donor.

This past spring, the Trillium network began openly listing individual hospital performance with organ and tissue donation.

The two Osler sites began with a 75 per cent notification rate and 33 per cent conversion rate. That number improved to 94 per cent notification and 80 per cent conversion once measures were introduced.

“Improvements in donation performance at hospitals will help ensure that Ontarians at end-of-life have the opportunity to save lives through the gift of organ and tissue donation,” said Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO of Trillium Gift of Life Network.

According to Trillium, only two to three per cent of hospital deaths occur in circumstances that permit organ donation.

Donation performance data including routine notification and conversion rates by hospital is available athttp://www.giftoflife.on.ca/en/publicreporting.htm.

One donor can save up to eight lives and enhance up to 75 others through tissue donation.

You can register consent for organ and tissue donation at www.beadonor.ca.