Organ donation in Ireland is based on an “opt in” donation system. On average there are 80 donations per year. Irish Donation rates 20 per million of the population and we need to try to increase this to 24+ per million of the population in line with other International practise. This would save up to 750 lives and remove 520 additional patients from dialysis over the next 10 years. Most importantly it would protect against the risk of a fall in organ donation rates similar to that witnessed in 2010. Two steps are required to increase our donor rates.
- Intensive care “key donation personnel” would be assigned across the emerging health service networks. These medical and nursing personnel with a focus on organ donation would protect the interests and welfare of the donor whose families chose to donate organs.
- An independent national organ procurement office established.