Dr. Jeffrey Campsen, organ transplant surgeon at University of Utah Health, explains the protections in place for an organ donor.">

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Mar 20, 2017 — An organ donation from a single person can save the lives of up to eight other people. But one of the reasons that keep people from becoming a donor is the misconception that once doctors know you’re a donor, they are less likely to try and save your life. On this Health Minute, Dr. Jeffrey Campsen, organ transplant surgeon at University of Utah Health, explains the protections in place for an organ donor.

Interview

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Interviewer: Being an organ donor is a good thing. But for some people, checking that "yes" box still can be kind of tough. Organ transplant surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Campsen, why do you think some people choose not to donate?

Dr. Campsen: Well, I think there's a myth that if you check that box, you won't get the same care in the ICU as if you didn't check that box, and that's just not true. There are three layers of protection against that: one at the national level called UNOS, one at the local level called the OPO, and these have rules and regulations that protect organ donation. And finally, the most important is that your ICU doctor is not affiliated or has any investment in your transplant center. Therefore, they only take care of you. Now, if you are pronounced brain-dead, they uphold the fact that you checked that box and allow you to go and donate your organs.

Interviewer: But otherwise, the quality of care is not affected in any way?

Dr. Campsen: There's no change in care.

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