Canada: Organ donations from seniors could reduce wait times

New report focuses on how potential donors can be converted into real donors 

Deceased seniors or people who have suffered cardiac death represent a pool of potential organ donors that could reduce wait times for those who need organs, a new Canadian report says.

Each year, about 500 Canadians who die in hospital donate their organs to help those waiting, but those donors may represent only a third of those who are clinically eligible to donate, the Canadian Institute for Health Information says. The report focuses on how to convert potential donors into real donors.

Among the provinces, Quebec had the highest deceased organ donor conversion rate in Canada at 21 per cent, compared with the lowest rates in Manitoba and Saskatchewan at 10 per cent each.


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