Should donation be included in my end-of-life documents?

Registering with Donate Life Texas records your decision to be a donor and makes it known to the right people at their right time, automatically and is the best way to ensure your wishes are known and followed.

Because they are often not read in time for organ, eye and tissue donation, including your donor status in medical directives, wills and other end-of-life planning documents isn’t always effective.

A special note about DNRs:  Donation is still an option for those with Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders. In addition to joining the donor registry, individuals are encouraged to modify the DNR language to allow intubation and artificial respiration for the purpose organ, eye and tissue recovery.  This would enable EMS and hospital personnel to provide only the ventilation support needed to evaluate donation options and viability.

Please note:  Registering with Donate Life Texas is not intended to serve as a way to make arrangements for the final disposition of a body.

Do I need a donor card?

You’ll be pleased to know that donor cards are no longer needed for those on the Donate Life donor registry.

Registering records your decision to be a donor and makes it known to the right people at the right time, automatically.  Neither you nor your family members need to do anything else or keep track of cards or letters.

It may be helpful to know that not all deaths happen in a way that allows donation to occur and family members will only be contacted by organ, eye and tissue recovery specialists if donation is an option.  If donation is not an option, donation specialists will not contact the family to spare them any unnecessary hassle during what is an already stressful time.

This short video provides important details about the donation and transplantation process you may find helpful, educational and inspiring.

What is the donation process?

For those on the registry, there are no further steps needed to ensure that the donation process is initiated at the time of death.  Neither you nor your family members need to do anything else.  You don’t even need to carry a donor card with you.

Registering records your decision to be a donor and makes it known to the right people at the right time, automatically.  Your registration leaves this precious, lifesaving option open, helping to ensure that no medically-viable organ or tissue is lost for lack of consent.

This short video provides important details about the donation and transplantation process you may find helpful, educational and inspiring:

 

If you would like to learn even more about the process, please click here to continue reading for more in-depth details.

Please note:  Registering with Donate Life Texas is not intended to serve as a way to make arrangements for the final disposition of one’s body.