Doctors will do EVERYTHING in their power to save your life, even if you’re a registered organ donor. Here’s why:
Many people wonder: will doctors save my life if I’m a registered organ donor? Medical professionals prioritize saving lives when sick or injured people arrive at the hospital. They do not consider organ and tissue donation until after declaring death. Another instance is when a family decides to remove their loved one from ventilated support. Furthermore, doctors and nurses who provide care before death do not participate in the recovery or transplantation of donated corneas, organs, or tissues.
The Hippocratic Oath highlights medical professionals’ commitment to saving lives.
Hospital professionals, bound by the Hippocratic Oath, are committed to doing everything in their power to save lives. Hospital professionals commit to “remember that [they] remain a member of society, with special obligations to all [their] fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm … May [they] always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may [they] long experience the joy of healing those who seek [their] help.”
Usually, medical professionals are unaware of a person’s registered donor status.
ER doctors, EMTs, and firefighters seldom possess knowledge of your registration status. Even if they possessed it, this knowledge would provide little benefit to them. They lack control over the donation process after a person’s death is declared. Furthermore, they are unaware of the recipients of organs or tissues. Lastly, they operate in a distinct department/organization from donation and transplantation professionals. During emergencies, they do not check your ID, nor do they have immediate access to registration status since it is confidential information.
Brain Death is the most common way a person can qualify to be an organ donor.
The myth contains irony as brain death can only be declared after exhausting all possible measures to sustain life. The Uniform Determination of Death Act defines brain death as the irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem. A brain-dead person is deceased, although their cardiopulmonary functioning may be artificially maintained. The final declaration necessitates a controlled and extensive clinical exam due to the neurological nature of brain death. Brain death is final and finite; it is not in the same thing as a coma or persistent vegetative state.
Brain death determination occurs rarely, only in about 1 out of every 100 hospital deaths. Thus, organ donation can be considered a miracle when it becomes possible. Registering as a donor does not guarantee becoming a donor.
Doctors would not be aware of a person being in this state until after addressing their other injuries. Allowing patients to die before artificially sustaining cardiopulmonary function and addressing other injuries would render them ineligible for donation, making this myth completely implausible.
If you’ve ever wondered, “Will doctors still save my life if I’m an organ donor?” now you know the facts about donation. Understand that medical professionals will do EVERYTHING in their power to save your life, regardless of your organ donor status.
Register your decision online today!