MONTREAL, April 17 /CNW Telbec/ - On the occasion of National Organ and
Tissue Donation Awareness Week, Québec-Transplant wishes to remind
Quebecers that each and every consent counts - the very survival of
more than 1,000 people waiting for a transplant depends on it. Every
week a person dies while waiting for a transplant because there is not
enough registered tissue and organ donors. Yet each new consent
represents an important gesture, one that has the power to change
lives: Just one donor can save as many as eight people and give renewed
health to 15 others.
Among the measures recently announced by Dr. Yves Bolduc, the Minister
of Health and Social Services, the Registre de consentements au don d'organes et de tissus administered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie constitutes a secure
and effective means to register your consent to organ and tissue
donation after death. In operation since February 28, 2011, the
Registre gives people another means of indicating their consent. They
can also sign the organ and tissue donation sticker to the back of
their health insurance card or join the Chambre des notaires du
Québec's Registre des consentements au don d'organes et de tissus: More than 600,000 people have done just that in the five years since
the Chambre des notaires du Québec created the registry.
Awareness message "Organ and tissue donation. Give your very best. Sign FOR LIFE!"
Starting on April 18, an online public awareness campaign titled "Organ
and tissue donation. Give your very best. Sign FOR LIFE!" will be
deployed through some 20 digital media with high customer traffic for a
period of four weeks. This campaign - the fruit of a partnership
between the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, the Régie de
l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), Québec-Transplant, Héma-Québec
and the Chambre des notaires du Québec - will direct citizens to the
website www.signezdon.gouv.qc.ca, a one-stop source of information on organ and tissue donation and the
different means to indicate consent.
Moreover, the following cities will take part in the awareness week by
hoisting the flag with the green ribbon representing organ and tissue
donation : Chicoutimi, Gatineau, Laval, Lévis, Longueuil, Magog,
Montréal, Québec, Repentigny, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke,
Ste-Geneviève-de-Batiscan and the 12 municipalities of the MRC
Pierre-De-Saurel (Massueville, Saint-Aimé, Saint-David, Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel, Sainte-Victoire-de-Sorel, Saint-Gérard-Majella, Saint-Joseph-de-Sorel, Saint-Ours, Saint-Robert, Saint-Roch-de-Richelieu, Sorel-Tracy and Yamaska).
Did you know that?
The probability that a man aged 40 to 50 will require a transplant in
his lifetime is seven times greater than that of becoming an organ
donor, compared to four times greater for a woman in the same age
The most important step is to make a decision and to make it known to
your loved ones, regardless of where you stand;
The age of transplant recipients and donors alike can vary from just a
few days old to 88 years of age, since there are no age-related
restrictions when it comes to organ donation;
An estimated 1% of hospital deaths give rise to organ donation, and
that's why each consent is so important;
When the wishes of the deceased are known, loved ones are more likely to
become involved in the process leading to organ donation.
Short film titled Pensez don !
Québec-Transplant has coproduced a short film titled Pensez don ! Intended chiefly for health professionals, the documentary will be
broadcast in hospitals and other health and teaching establishments. It
gives voice to caregivers in six hospitals and shows that through
teamwork and concerted efforts on the part of multiple collaborators,
organ and tissue donation can be achieved throughout the province of
Quebec. The film can be viewed at to www.quebec-transplant.qc.ca, www.pensezdon.org, and is also available on YouTube.
To consult organ donation statistics for 2010 or find out more about the
activities held from April 17 to 24, 2011, visit www.quebec-transplant.qc.ca.
Québec-Transplant has a mandate from the Minister of Health and Social
Services to save lives and improve the health of persons in need of a
transplant by coordinating the organ donation process, ensuring the
equitable attribution of organs, supporting best clinical practices
through consensus-building and the mobilization of its partners, and
promoting organ donation in the society at large. Québec-Transplant
therefore works to ensure that the greatest possible number of
Quebecers waiting for an organ can benefit from a transplant in as
timely a fashion as practicable.
For further information:
Brigitte Junius: 514 286-1414, extension 216 | 514 349-0752
Information: Diane Jeannotte : 514 772-8019