New record achieved for organ donation in Ontario



    Trillium Gift of Life Network proud of results, but says there is more
    to do

    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) kicked off
National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (NOTDAW) today by announcing
a new record for organ donation in Ontario. The 2006-2007 fiscal year ended
with 184 deceased donations, up from 169 deceased donations in the 2005-2006
fiscal year.
    "Our team of health care professionals, hospitals and Ontarians have been
working extremely hard to save more lives, and for this record, we are
extremely proud - but there is more to do," said Frank Markel, President and
CEO of TGLN.
    The previous record for organ donation was set in calendar year 2006 with
172 deceased organ donations.
    "There are still too many Ontarians on the waiting list today," said
Markel. "We are going to continue our push to increase donation. I would
encourage everyone to sign their donor cards and speak to their families about
their wishes. Every decision can make a difference - every decision can save
lives."
    On January 9, 2006, the McGuinty government enacted a section of the
Trillium Gift of Life Network Act calling for routine notification and request
("RNR") requiring 13 hospitals to report every death to TGLN. On January 8,
2007, TGLN worked with 8 more hospitals to add RNR to their facilities. Since
RNR began, referrals have more than quadrupled, leading to an increase in
organ and tissue donation.

    
    Other initiatives undertaken to increase organ and tissue donation rates
in Ontario were:

    -   Introduction of Donation after Cardiac Death - 10 cases done in
        fiscal year 2006/07
    -   Effective requesting training for all TGLN in-hospital coordinators
    -   Increased education and awareness of the facts around organ and
        tissue donation aimed at the general public and healthcare providers
    -   Adoption of best practices from the United States' "Breakthrough
        Collaborative"
    

    "These results are encouraging," said Markel. "We are very enthusiastic
and will continue to work in cooperation with all of our health care partners
to do our very best. Every one of us takes the responsibility of organ and
tissue donation very seriously - we know we can save more lives."
    National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week runs from April 22-29.
    For more details on National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week
events, or for local waiting list numbers please go to www.giftoflife.on.ca or
call 416.363.4001 or toll free 1-800-263-2833.

    Trillium Gift of Life Network is a not-for-profit agency of the
Government of Ontario and is responsible for planning, promoting, coordinating
and supporting organ and tissue donation across Ontario and improving the
system so that more lives can be saved.




For further information:

For further information: Kari Cuss, Trillium Gift of Life Network, (w)
(416) 619-2300, (m) (416) 526-0564, (e) kcuss@giftoflife.on.ca


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