A recent report by American Medical News mentioned that people willing to become organ donors continues to low because of existing misconceptions.
Only 38% of licensed drivers have joined their states' organ donor registries, with many deterred by long-held misconceptions about how the transplant system works, according to poll results released in April.
The survey of 5,100 American adults, conducted on behalf of the organ-donation advocacy group Donate Life America, found that:So here were are to see if these so called myths are FACT or FICTION.
- 50% think that registering as organ donors means physicians will not try as hard to save their lives.
- 44% say there is a black market in the U.S. for organs or tissue.
- 26% believe that patients determined to be brain dead can recover from their injuries.
- 23% who are undecided about donation wrongly worry that age or health conditions would make them unacceptable donors.
If I am an organ donor, my doctor or the emergency room staff won't work as hard to save my life, because they can use my organs to save somebody else.FICTION. The focus of the medical team will always be on you and saving your life in case of emergency. Organ donation is only considered after brain death is declared. And the doctors who will be handling you will be those who know your medical history or who are in the area of expertise most closely matching your needs.
People who are rich and famous are given priority. They are placed ahead when comes to receiving an organ.FICTION. Due to the recent liver transplant by Steve Jobs, there has been speculation that people with money and influence get ahead on the waiting list. This is not the case, the waiting list places priority in the severity of a person's illness and how well the organs that are available match those who are on the list.
In Steve Jobs' case, he was able to find out out that the waiting list for a liver was faster in Tennessee than in other states.
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I'm younger than 18. I'm too young and am not able to make this decision.FACT. Being below 18 makes it legally true that you are too young to make decisions. In the past, individuals aged below 18, even infants have been donors. All it requires is that parents and/or guardians make the decision for the minor.
My religion is against organ donation.FICTION. Most religions agree to organ donation and transplantation. If you are unsure about what your religion's stance is on organ donation, ask an elder within your faith who can clear the issue.