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The Numbers:
Number of people registered for the 2009 Doug Miller Symposium on Organ Donation: 475
Number of letters between donors and recipients coordinated by the UW Health OPO in 2008: 1,124
Number of organs transplanted at UW Hospital in 2008: 364 (organs from UW Health OPO service area) + 80 (organs from other service areas) = 444
Number of Donate Life Month events: 16
One discussion, one family and one organ donor at a time. This messaging causes a ripple effect that changes Wisconsin and the world beyond our state's borders. Welcome to The Ripple Effect, an e-newsletter that brings you the latest news and information related to organ donation.
April is National Donate Life Month, and to recognize and celebrate organ, tissue and eye donation, UW Hospital and hospitals across the nation are participating in Flags Across America, and will fly Donate Life flags for the entire month. Read more
Donate Life flag for Flags Across America
Surgeons in an operating room
The United Network for Organ Sharing is proposing a change to the liver allocation process from a local system to a regional-based allocation, a proposal the UW Health Transplant program opposes. Read more
The two main changes to the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) involve the role of the health care agent or power-of-attorney and placement within the next of kin hierarchy as well as a clarification relates to Do Not Resuscitate orders. Read more
Doctor and patient
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